Freed US Hiker Thanks Ahmadinejad

Sarah Shourd says she's 'humbled' and 'grateful' upon release
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 4:06 PM CDT
Sarah Shourd, 32, of the U.S., arrives at the royal airport in Muscat, Oman, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, after leaving Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Sultan al-Hasani)

(Newser) – Sarah Shourd, the US hiker freed today by Iran, says she is "humbled by this moment" and singled out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for gratitude. "I want to really offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people that have been involved," the 32-year-old told Iranian state TV before flying to Oman to meet her mother.

"And I especially, particularly want to address President Ahmadinejad, and all of the Iranian officials and religious leaders, and thank them for this humanitarian gesture," she said. President Obama said he was pleased by Shourd's release but pressed Iran to release her two fellow hikers. For more on Shourd and the two other Americans, click here.

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