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Booker Statement on Release of Xiyue Wang

December 7, 2019
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WASHINGTON, D.C — U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following the release of Xiyue Wang from Iran:

 

“I’m elated that, after three years of painful separation and uncertainty, Princeton University student Xiyue Wang and his family will finally be reunited. This is the outcome that New Jerseyans and those around the globe who followed this unjust and politically motivated ordeal had hoped for. I’m grateful for the efforts of those who worked tirelessly and quietly behind the scenes to help bring Xiyue Wang home. Their relentless pursuit of justice is proof that diplomacy is absolutely essential.

 

“While the release of Xiyue Wang is welcome news, Iran continues to unjustly detain other Americans who also deserve their freedom. I will continue to press this Administration to secure the release of Siamak Namazi, his father Baquer, Bob Levison, Michael White, and Morad Tahbaz. The Iranian regime’s disgraceful detention of innocent American must end.”

 

Booker led a 2017 letter urging the U.S. Department of State to take concrete steps to secure the release of Xiyue Wang and all other Americans wrongfully detained in Iran. He is also a cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution urging Iran to release Wang.

 

Booker is also the author of a bipartisan resolution calling on Iran to immediately release Siamak and Baquer Namazi.

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