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“Shane and Josh are in a room together but I’m alone and that’s the most difficult thing for me,” said Shourd, who is able to see the other two twice a day.

Bauer said he had “good relations with the guards. We have good books to read.” Mr. Fattal said he was “very happy to see my mom again.”

“We will tell everyone about our reception here, and we already have been treated so beautifully, and we will tell everyone about this reception, absolutely,” said Laura Fattal, in comments broadcast on PressTV.

The mothers were “very grateful to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the authorities for granting us our visas,” added Hickey. “We know that this is a great humanitarian act that they have given to us. Our reception was wonderful when we came into Iran.”

The meeting was brokered by the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the Islamic Republic, with which Washington broke ties after the seizure of the US Embassy in November 1979, soon after the Islamic revolution.

No indication of an imminent release

Iranian officials have given no indication that the three detainees will be released.

On Wednesday, Iran’s Minister of Interior Heydar Moslehi said the mothers were granted week-long visas because Iran “acted in accordance with Islamic teachings and in a humanitarian way.” But he also renewed espionage charges, saying on Wednesday the three were “spies” who had entered Iran “illegally.”

In recent months, Iranian officials have said they have “compelling evidence” that the three Americans were “cooperating with intelligence services” – accusations denied by the families and the US government.

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