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BOISE -- The wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini confirmed with KTVB that President Obama has called for the release of her husband from an Iranian prison.

Just this week hundreds took to the Idaho statehouse rallying for the pastor.

Naghmeh Abedini told KTVB it happened in a phone conversation between Obama and the Iranian President.

This marks the first time that President Obama has spoken out about the wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen, and that's why Naghmeh said she's encouraged by the news.

Pastor Saeed was imprisoned one year ago. His family maintains that he has done nothing wrong and is imprisoned simply because of his Christian faith.

According to the Associated Press, Obama told Iranian President Rouhani that he not only wants to see the return of Abedini, but also former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007.

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