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Posted on on September 26th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz ( , Monday, September 26, 2011.

Obama thanks Oman for helping to free US hikers.

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President Obama thanks Oman Sultan for helping to free US hikers

Gulf sultanate paid $1bn bail to secure release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal from Iranian jail

Then when you open the article it says:

US President Barack Obama has thanked Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said for intervening to secure the release of two US hikers jailed in Iran on charges of espionage and illegal entry.

“Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were released from Evin prison last week and flown into Oman after the Gulf sultanate paid the $1m bail to secure their release.”
The pair had been held for more than two years.

Obama called Sultan Qaboos bin Said to “convey the United States’ deepest appreciation for the Sultan’s exceptional and successful role in securing the release of the young American hikers,” the White House said in a statement.

“The president expressed our gratitude to the sultan and his special envoy, Salim al-Ismaili, for sparing no effort to secure the release of Sarah Shourd last year, and Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal this past Wednesday, thus ending a painful chapter for the hikers and their families.”

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