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Two mothers of U.S. citizens detained in Iran for more than two months have called on Iranian authorities to release them.
an interview with VOA Persian News Network, the mothers apologized that
their children, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, along with Joshua Fattal,
crossed into Iran in late July while hiking in northern Iraq's
Kurdistan region. The three were then detained.
The mothers said the hikers did not intend to enter Iran, saying they strayed into the country at an unmarked border crossing.
Bauer's mother Cindy Hickey said she is anxious to see Iran's
president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, follow through on his remarks that he
would ask Iran's courts to expedite the case and look at it with
Sarah Shourd's mother Nora Shourd asked
Iranian officials to consider the three detained Americans "good people
in the world," and to give them "compassion and consideration."
The three U.S. hikers were visited by the Swiss ambassador to Iran late last month but have not had contact with their families.
Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Tehran because the United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Iran.