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Case of Missing U.S. Citizen Robert Levinson

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
March 9, 2010


Today marks the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of U.S. citizen Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran during a business trip to Kish Island in 2007. Mr. Levinson will remain a priority for the United States until he is reunited with his family.

He is the father of seven children and grandfather of two – his second grandchild was born in his absence. The Levinson family misses him desperately and hopes he will be able to walk his daughter down the aisle later this year.

In December 2007, Mrs. Levinson first met with Iranian officials who expressed a willingness to share information about their investigation into her husband’s disappearance with the family. We ask that Iran stand behind its commitment to provide full details about their authorities’ investigation.

The United States also calls on Iran to resolve the cases of the five American citizens who are unjustly detained in Iran: Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Kian Tajbakhsh, and Reza Taghavi.

We ask anyone who may have information about Mr. Levinson to contact us or the Levinson family via their website:

PRN: 2010/279


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