September 14th, 2010
07:30 PM ET

Released American hiker arrives in Oman

CNN Wire Staff

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - A jubilant American Sarah Shourd reunited with her mother in Muscat, Oman, on Tuesday after Iranian authorities released her from a Tehran prison where she had been held for 14 months.

Shourd arrived in Oman - where her bail was posted - on a 2.5-hour, chartered flight from Tehran. Her bail was posted by Omani sources, a senior Obama administration official said.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a really long time, and I'm extremely grateful to be standing here," she told reporters upon her arrival at the airport. "I want to begin by giving my deepest thanks to the sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos."

Shourd thanked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, Iran's supreme leader, and "everyone who has been a part of making this moment happen for me and for my family."

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  1. Christina,Windber, PA

    It was good to see Sarah reunited with her family. I can imagine how sweet it was for them to see each other and be able to touch one another after being separated for such a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with them and pray Sarah's friends will also be released.

    It was bittersweet seeing mother and daughter hugging each other. I miss being able to hug my mom. Sarah's mom didn't know if she would see her daughter again; I know I won't see my Mom again. God bless them and allow them many more years together.

    September 15, 2010 at 4:09 am |
  2. Muizz Waljee

    Hello Anderson:

    Why are we not talking about why did they choose to go to Iraq / Iran boarder area to hike. The hiking trails must be out of this world.

    I am not a big fan of Iran or North Korea – these regimes are not good for our world.

    But it seems as we have people getting tangled in these areas and getting the whole world in anguish.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:50 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    I am glad that Sarah is on her way home and hope her friends will soon follow. I wish her good fortune in her health concerns; my thoughts will remain with her.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm |