While President Rouhani was in Paris, he signed an agreement with Peugeot and Airbus to purchase 118 planes worth $25 billion. The order included 12 A380 superjumbos, 73 wide body, and 45 narrow body jets. During Tehran’s aviation conference, Iranian transport minister Abbas Akhondi estimated that Iran needs close to 500 new airplanes.
Amidst the news of airplane purchases, there were rumors about the U.S. and Iran establishing direct flights, but the U.S. Department of State denied the claims.
All prisoners home
American student Matthew Trevithick recounts his 41 days in Evin Prison to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Treithick claims the first thing his interrogators asked was if he knew Jason Rezaian. "I said of course, the whole world knows Jason Rezaian. Everybody knows that name,” he recalls. “He said [Rezaian is] never leaving and neither are you."
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian delivered a speech at his company’s headquarters giving a long list of thank-yous to everyone from his family, editors, to Secretary Kerry and special presidential envoy Brett McGurk who negotiated for a prisoner swap. Rezaian said, “For much of the 18 months I was in prison, my Iranian interrogators told me The Washington Post did not exist, that no one knew of my plight and that the United States government would not lift a finger for my release. Today, I’m here in this room with the very people who helped prove the Iranians wrong in so many ways.”
Since arriving back in Idaho, Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife Naghmeh has filed for separation. She writes in a Facebook post:
“I do deeply regret that I hid from the public the abuse that I have lived with for most of our marriage and I ask your forgiveness. I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage. Tragically, the opposite has occurred…”
Finally more details emerge about the fourth American prisoner, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. While in the United States, he reportedly was an advisor to the FBI. In 2013, Khosravi visited his mother in Iran only to end up staying and working as an English teacher. After seeing an interview about missing American Robert Levinson, Khosravi reportedly drunk texted an FBI contact claiming to know his whereabouts only to show off. Khosravi’s texts prompted the Iranian intelligence to arrest him at the airport and take him to Evin Prison.
You probably forgot about them already, but the ten U.S. navy sailors detained by Iran after they crossed into Iranian waters have finally returned home to San Diego.
Also, Reuters has an exclusive on how the White House dropped a $10 million claim in the prisoner deal.