(RightWingAmericans.com)- Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran who was detained in Iran for almost two years, was finally freed by the nation’s leaders and was sent home to the United States on board a Swiss government airplane. Brian Hook, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, flew with a doctor to Zurich where they met White after he was freed.
White was sentenced to prison in Iran on unspecified charges. In March, he was temporarily released because of a medical condition and sent to the Swiss embassy. His initial arrest in 2018 came when he flew to the city of Mashad in Iran to meet his girlfriend. He was finally released after almost two years when Iran’s foreign minister announced they would send him back to the United States after an Iranian doctor was returned from the US.
The official release of Majid Taheri was not confirmed by American officials as of June 4, but another Iranian scientist by the name of Sirous Asgari was detained in the US earlier this week and deported to Iran. Asgari is a materials science professor who came from Iran and was originally charged back in 2016 with attempting to sell American research to scientists overseas. He was acquitted in November but was deported to Iran as part of some limited cooperation between Iran and the United States.
In recent years, tensions with Iran has grown. The nation has on several occasions used its military assets to provoke the United States. Despite this, the Trump administration offered Iran some support to cope with their high levels of coronavirus deaths earlier in the year, but the Iranian government refused.
President Donald Trump confirmed that Navy veteran White had been freed and was flying home on a Swiss plane on Thursday.
“I am happy to announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace,” he said on Twitter.
I am to happy announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace. We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
“We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon.”