GENEVA, Germany – Three Americans released from Iranian custody as part of a U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap reportedly arrived Sunday in Europe, as the leaders of Iran and the United States lauded the formal implementation of a sweeping nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
On board a chartered flight that landed in Geneva were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, according to various reports.
The three freed Americans later landed at the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein, Germany, a State Department official said. They will receive medical checks there, and it was not known how long they would remain at the base before continuing their journey. Some family members and Washington Post executives were also present at the base.
“We can confirm that the U.S. citizens who departed Iran this morning after being released from detention have arrived in Germany,” the State Department official said. Under the department’s rules, he could not be identified.