Iran has released U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, who had been detained for nearly two years, his family confirmed Thursday.
“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely in American custody and on his way home,” White’s mother, Joanne White, said in a statement shared by a family spokesman on Twitter.
Joanne White thanked the State Department, Swiss diplomats and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) in her statement.
U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet White and will accompany him to the U.S. aboard an American plane, officials told The Associated Press.
The Hill reached out to the State Department for comment.
Richardson also confirmed Thursday that White has been released by Iran and is returning to the U.S.