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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the release of Doctor Homa Hoodfar

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the release of Dr. Homa Hoodfar who had been held in jail in Iran since June, 2016:

“Canadians are relieved that Dr. Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited with her family, friends and colleagues.

“The Government of Canada has been actively and constructively engaged at the highest levels in Dr. Hoodfar’s case – since her ordeal began – working for her release and return to Canada.

“Our officials have also been providing consular assistance to her family and will continue to do so until their loved one has arrived home safely.

“In the absence of diplomatic representation of its own in Iran, Canada worked closely with others who were instrumental in helping secure Dr. Hoodfar’s release – most notably Oman, Italy and Switzerland. I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for their support.

“I would also like to recognize the cooperation of those Iranian authorities who facilitated her release and repatriation. They understand that cases like these impede more productive relations.

“We ask all to respect the family’s wish for privacy at this time.”