WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has met at the
White House with Sarah Shourd, the hiker recently freed by Iran, and
with her mother and the mothers of the other two American hikers still
held by the Iranians.
The White House said Obama told them his
administration will continue to do everything it can to secure the
release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. They've been held in Iran for
more than a year.
The White House says the president wanted to
personally welcome Sarah Shourd home. But Obama told the visitors
Thursday the occasion "remains bittersweet" because Bauer and Fattal are
still being held in Iran.
A White House statement said the US
"remains hopeful that Iran will demonstrate renewed compassion" and
release the two Americans.