The United States on Tuesday applauded the release of Lebanese detainee Nizar Zakka, who has US residency, by Iran as a “great day” for him and his family and said it hoped the move was a positive sign for Americans detained by Tehran, reports Reuters.
“It is without a doubt a great day for Mr Zakka, his family, and all those who have supported him during his unlawful imprisonment,” a State Department spokeswoman said. “We hope that Mr Zakka’s release is a positive sign for American detainees in Iran,” she said.
Zakka, an information technology specialist, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined $4.2 million in 2016. He denied the charges, while Iranian media have described him as a US spy.