Naghmeh Abedini Meets with President Obama

January 22, 2015 •
Naghmeh Abedini talks about her meeting with President Obama in an interview with KTVB.
Naghmeh Abedini talks about her meeting with President Obama in an interview with KTVB.

In a private meeting, she asks the president to do what he can to help free Saeed Abedini, who is jailed in Iran.

Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor jailed in Iran because of his Christian faith, met privately with President Barrack Obama in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday.

The president met with Naghmeh Abedini before a speech at Boise State University to tout his initiatives set forth in the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“I told him that I had refrained from food for three days and prayed and fasted and God had ordained this meeting,” Naghmeh said in a Facebook post. “He shook his head and smiled. I told him that the kids and I prayed for him and loved him (that as Christians that is what we are to do). He said he needed prayer.”

Naghmeh Abedini has urged the president to listen to her plea for Saeed’s freedom.

“He did mention that he was getting updates and he was touch with John Kerry and this was a priority for him, he mentioned it was top priority something that was always brought up,” she said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise.

Franklin Graham, Naghmeh Abedini, and other speakers and organizers of the prayer event gather in front of the White House on Sept. 25 last year.

Franklin Graham, Naghmeh Abedini, and other speakers and organizers of the prayer event gather in front of the White House on Sept. 25 last year.

Franklin Graham maintains close contact with Naghmeh, helping her bring awareness to the plight of her husband. He spoke at a prayer event outside the White House on Thursday, Sept. 25, the eve of the two-year anniversary of Saeed’s unjust imprisonment because of his faith in Jesus Christ.

Nearly four months later, Naghmeh had the face-to-face meeting with President Obama.

“He said that getting Saeed out is a top priority and he is working very hard to get Saeed home back to our family,” she wrote on Facebook. “…We had great conversation. We made the heart connection that we all had been praying for and he listed some next steps to take. God was so evidently present in the meeting.”

Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed’s quick release.

Watch Naghmeh Abedini’s interview with KTVB below.

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