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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Seventh Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson
March 9, 2014


Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2014

Statement by Secretary KERRY


Seventh Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island, Iran, during a business trip.  He is one of the longest held American citizens in history.

Nothing can bring those lost years – more than 2,500 days in all – back to all those who love him.  Mr. Levinson’s disappearance has been heart-wrenching for his wife and children, who feel his absence especially deeply at the many family milestones missed these past seven years.

The United States remains committed to the safe return of Mr. Levinson to his family.  We appreciate the support and assistance from our international partners as we work to end this awful separation.  Given Mr. Levinson’s health, age, and length of time in captivity, we mark this anniversary with a special sense of urgency.

We respectfully ask the Government of Iran to work cooperatively with us on the investigation into his disappearance so we can ensure his safe return.

The FBI has announced a $1 million reward for any information that could lead to his safe return.  We call on anyone with information about this case to contact the FBI.

This is the seventh year that Mr. Levinson has spent without his family.  We remain committed to the hard work ahead to ensure that it’s his last.