An American citizen arrived safely in Oman on Wednesday after more than six years in detention in Iran, but one of his sons remains imprisoned in Tehran, his family said, APA's Tehran bureau reports.
Baquer Namazi, 85, flew to Oman’s capital, Muscat, from Iran and is due to travel on to the United Arab Emirates, where he will undergo urgent surgery to clear a “severe blockage” of an artery, his family and lawyer said in a statement.
His son Siamak Namazi, 51, was granted a one-week furlough for the first time in seven years of imprisonment before his father flew out of the country.
“It is impossible to articulate and describe sufficiently how I am feeling. I am just so grateful that after so long, I will shortly be able to embrace my father again,” Babak Namazi, Baquer Namazi’s son and the brother of Siamak Namazi, said in a statement.
But it was a “bittersweet” day because his brother and two other American citizens remain imprisoned, Namazi said.
“My brother Siamak, as well as Americans Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, remain detained in Iran, and our nightmare will not be over until our entire family, and the other Americans are reunited with their families,” he said.