Parents set to visit children detained in Iran

    Entry visas were granted to Laura Fattal of Elkins Park and the other mothers last week. They’re expecting to leave for Iran in the next few days.

    By S. Maham Rizvi

    Three American hikers currently detained in Iran will be getting a long-awaited visit from their mothers.

    Entry visas were granted to Laura Fattal of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and the other mothers last week. They’re expecting to leave for Iran in the next few days.

    Fattal says this is a very hopeful sign for everyone.

    “The families are talking to each other constantly – brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, everybody,” says Fattal. “And it’s just a very joyous time because, you know, it’s nine months. We’re all thinking this is wildly protracted. But yet the Iranian authorities understood that this humanitarian gesture is so welcomed.”

    The mothers will guided by the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. Their visas entitle them to stay for one week.

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