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US Congressmen in Germany to meet Americans released by Iran

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The Hekmati family, the family and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, Mich.,meet with former Iran prisoner Amir Hekmati, second from right, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. AP The Hekmati family, the family and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, Mich.,meet with former Iran prisoner Amir Hekmati, second from right, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. AP
(Martin Baron/The Washington Post via AP) (Martin Baron/The Washington Post via AP)
Hekmati was detained in August 2011 on espionage charges. Kildee told reporters that he's been working to free Hekmati and couldn't wait to meet him in person. (Courtesy of the Hekmati Family via AP) Hekmati was detained in August 2011 on espionage charges. Kildee told reporters that he's been working to free Hekmati and couldn't wait to meet him in person. (Courtesy of the Hekmati Family via AP)

LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) — Three U.S. Congressmen traveled Monday to the medical center in Germany where three Americans, released by Iran as part of a prisoner swap, are being treated.

Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and pastor Saeed Abedini arrived late Sunday at the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Rezaian, who was freed Saturday after almost 18 months of incarceration in an Iranian prison, met with Washington Post editors on Monday for the first time since his release, the Post reported.

"I want people to know that physically I'm feeling good," said Rezaian, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans provided to him on board the plane that flew the released prisoners to freedom. "I know people are eager to hear from me, but I want to process this for some time."

Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl said Rezaian "looked good" during their two-hour meeting in a conference room at the Landstuhl medical center near the Ramstein Air Base, according to the Post.

Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan posted photos of his meeting with Hekmati on Twitter, as well as a message from Hekmati thanking President Barack Obama for "making my freedom and reunion with my family possible."

Kildee told reporters before meeting the men that "this is an incredible facility." The center offers "the entire spectrum of services that might be required for somebody, particularly my constituent (Hekmati)," he said.

"Think about a person who spent four-and-a-half years much of it in solitary confinement," Kildee said. "Re-entering into the world as a free person will take more than just a deep breath. It will take a little bit of help, and that starts here."

Kildee said the three men would return to the U.S. "as soon as possible."

"I have travelled with the Hekmati family. They are anxious to see him, but they are really anxious to get him home to his mother and to his father, who is quite ill," he said.

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger said the release of the three men, as well as a fourth who stayed in Iran, had come at a heavy price. They were exchanged for pardons or charges dropped against seven Iranians held by the United States. A fifth American, student Matthew Trevithick, who had been detained in Iran for roughly 40 days, was released separately.

"We need to be prudent as we look forward and how we can better protect Americans without committing ourselves in ways that will cause greater threat to their security," Pittenger said.

Rep. Jared Huffman, from California, expressed thanks to the U.S. State Department for negotiating the men's release.

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