WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama welcomed Tuesday's release of one of the US hikers detained in Iran for more than a year and said he remains hopeful that the Tehran government would release the two other Americans.
"I am very pleased that Sarah Shourd has been released by the Iranian government, and will soon be united with her family," Obama said in a statement. "All Americans join with her courageous mother and family in celebrating her long-awaited return home."
Shroud flew out of Iran to the nearby Gulf nation of Oman to be reunited with her mother after a $500,000 bail was paid to win her freedom. Iran has charged Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal with spying, though their families say they were innocent hikers arrested in a scenic mountain area along Iran's border with Iraq.