Today President Obama attended the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington, DC where he spoke about religious freedom. During Obama's speech, he highlighted the peril of those enduring religious persecution and called for North Korea to release Christian missionary Kenneth Bae and for Iran to release Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini who's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs, and as we continue to work for his freedom today, again we call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Abedini so he can return to the loving arms of his wife and children in Idaho" said President Obama.
Saeed Abedini, has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012. On January 27, 2013, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, reportedly on charges of undermining national security through his Christian evangelical activities in Iran in the early 2000s.
An annual event, the National Prayer Breakfast is held in Washington, DC on the first Thursday of February.
Also in attendance for the breakfast was First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.