Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 13, 2010


Question: Have you been in touch with the Iranians via the Swiss regarding Shahram Amiri?

Answer: Yes, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman called Swiss Ambassador to the United States Urs Ziswiler last night to convey that Shahram Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will and is free to go.

Assistant Secretary Feltman reiterated that Iran continues to hold three young Americans against their will and that we expect that they be allowed to act on their own free will and be released immediately and allowed to return to their families. He also raised our continued request for Iranian cooperation in determining the welfare and whereabouts of Robert Levinson, who has been missing in Iran since 2007.



PRN: 2010/939