CAIR: U.S. Christian, Muslim Leaders to Return from Seeking Iran Hikers' Release

Sep 18, 2011, 21:53 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, September 19, members of a delegation of American Christian and Muslim leaders will hold a news conference at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on their return to the United States after meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials in Iran to foster theological dialogue and to seek the release of hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on humanitarian grounds.

WHAT: News Conference by Interfaith Delegation Returning to U.S. After Seeking Release of Jailed Hikers in Iran

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, September 19

The delegation arrives at 3:25 p.m. at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Turkish Airlines Flight 7. Delegation members will hold a news conference outside the international arrivals area.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

[NOTE: Bauer and Fattal were sentenced last month to eight years in prison for illegal entry into Iran and for spying for the United States. They have denied the charges. The delegation also met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani.]

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Delegation members include Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR National Board Chairman former State Senator Larry Shaw (NC). The Christian members of the delegation are Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, and the Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, Episcopal Bishop of Washington and Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral. The delegation traveled to Iran on Monday, September 12 at the invitation of the Iranian president.

Delegation members met with a number of Iranian political and religious leaders and with family members of Iranian citizens held in the United States.

The delegation was informed by the Iranian authorities that its work prior to this trip and during its current stay in Iran was very helpful and important in the decision to release the hikers.

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)