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US Navy veteran arrested in Iran

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that Navy veteran is in Iranian custody.

The news was confirmed a day after White's mother made the claims of his arrest, reported

said, "was arrested in the city of a while ago, and within a few days after his arrest, the was informed of the arrest through the "

Denying the allegation of White's mistreatment in prison, Ghasemi said, "This person's case is currently being processed by officials. The public will be informed of more details of the case in due time.".

The Swiss Embassy represents US diplomatic interests in due to the absence of relations between the two countries.

quoted White's mother Joanne who even though declined to discuss the reason of her son's arrest stated that she had filed a missing person report after he failed to return to work in in late July.

Expressing her concerns, Joanne revealed that she is worried for the US Navy veteran's health as he has had and suffers from

"My for him. ... I just want to see him home safe and sound," told on the phone.

According to Joanne, Michael flew from to on July 9, and then on to to visit a woman. The woman is supposedly his girlfriend whom he had met online about four or five years ago.

He had visited her four times over the last few years, divulged.

Iran and the US have had a difficult diplomatic relationship since US decided to withdraw from the Nuclear deal.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 05:55 IST