The British government has successfully negotiated the release of the 15 sailors held for nearly two weeks in Iran. Meawhile, over in Damascus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made major headway in promoting peace in the Middle East in her meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair believes there is a window of opportunity over the next two days to negotiate the release of the 15 captive British sailors accused of trespassing in Iranian waters. Blair indicated that British and Iranian government officials have been in talks to work out a way to bring the Britons home without putting them on trial in Iran.
British officials are condemning the Iranian government’s use of 15 captured British marines and sailors as “propaganda,” insisting that they did not stray into Iranian waters—even as another sailor has appeared in a video clip claiming, “We trespassed without permission.”