"UANI condemns Iran's unlawful detention of Siamak Namazi and Nizar Zakka and calls on Tehran to immediately and unconditionally release all Americans and other foreigners held on trumped-up charges," said UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace and UANI Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman. "These arrests demonstrate why Iran remains an international outlaw and an extremely risky destination for businesses, their employees and representatives.
"The ongoing harassment and detention of Americans and businesspeople in Iran should be a wake-up call to those hoping for normalization of business and trade activities in Iran with the implementation of the nuclear agreement. Iran's sanctioned Revolutionary Guards are sending a clear message that they intend to continue dominating Iran's economy while ruthlessly controlling society."
Four other Americans have been held hostage by the Iranian regime for years:
- Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian (1+ year / 466 days in prison)
- Pastor Saeed Abedini (3+ years / 1,200 days in prison)
- Marine veteran Amir Hekmati (4+ years / 1,524 days in prison)
- Former FBI agent Robert Levinson (8+ years / 3,158 days missing)