Americans Held in Iran
Oman helped secure the Sept. 14 release of a third American, Sarah Shourd, who was arrested along with the men, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, near the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009. Shourd denies Iran's allegations and says the three were just hiking through a scenic area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region during a vacation.
For background information on political structure in Iran, see the Department of State webpage. For information on the Secretary of State Clinton’s interaction with the government of Oman see: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2010/09/147323.htm