Four people have gone missing in Iran, including the Washington Post’s correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, Iranian Yeganeh Salehi according to the newspaper.
The paper states that they have “credible reports” that the couple was “detained Tuesday evening in Tehran.” Two other American citizens, working as freelance photojournalists, are purportedly missing with them.
The Post’s foreign editor Douglas Jehl said, “We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them.”
The 38-year-old Rezaian has been The Post’s Tehran correspondent since 2012. He holds dual citizenship in Iran and America. Salehi works as a correspondent for the National, a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.
Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the Start Department acknowledged awareness of the three missing American Citizens in Iran. “Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad,” she told the newspaper. Additionally, a spokesman for the Iranian mission at the United Nations purportedly said via email that Iranian diplomats are looking into the matter.