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Mother of American Arrested in Iran Voices Concern

The mother of one of three Americans detained in Iran expressed concern Sunday about her son's welfare, after he and his companions reportedly strayed across the border from Iraq.

"The Azmar mountains north of the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Sulaimaniyah. The mother of one of three Americans detained in Iran expressed concern Sunday about her son's welfare, after he and his companions reportedly strayed across the border from Iraq."

"My husband and I are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son, Josh, and for the other two companions he's with, and that is our only concern, his welfare, and the best conditions for him," Laura Fattal told reporters.

The trio was arrested Saturday, according to Iranian state television, which said they "infiltrated through the Iraqi border."

The United States, which does not have diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic, said it has asked Switzerland, which represents its interests in Tehran, to confirm the Iranian reports.

The autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq, where the three Americans set off from, said it was in contact with Iranian and U.S. officials in a bid to resolve the issue.

A Kurdish official identified the three as U.S. backpackers and said they were arrested after having been warned on the Iraqi side not to hike in the mountain area because of its proximity to the border with Iran, which is not clearly marked.

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