The American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith now knows that President Barack Obama spoke out on his behalf.
Pastor Saeed Abedini is aware the president urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to release him.
The American Center for Law and Justice reported that early Monday morning in Tehran, Pastor Saeed's Iranian family was able to visit with him through a glass partition at Evin prison.
Iranian news sources reported on Obama's phone call with President Rouhani, during which he raised Saeed's case, along with other imprisoned Americans.
Obama's talk with Rouhani was the first conversation betweem an American and Iranian president in 34 years.
Insiders say it brought notable encouragement to the Abedini family.
Naghmeh Abedini, who called on Obama to speak out on her husband's behalf, has been vocal about his failure to comment previously.
Now Naghmeh calls his recent support "the most encouraging news" since her husband was sentenced, as reported by the ACLJ.
"I am very grateful to President Obama for standing up for Saeed and for the other Americans who are held captive in Iran," Naghmeh said.
"This development is truly an answer to prayer. I urge President Rouhani, as I have done throughout this week, to release Saeed so he can return to our home and our family in the United States. In recent days, Iran has released 80 prisoners being held because of their beliefs. I pray that we can add Saeed to that list very soon," she said.