MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar plans to visit the Minnesota mother of one of the two American hikers held in Iran for nearly two years.

Klobuchar travels to Pine City on Friday to visit Cindy Hickey, mother of 28-year-old Shane Bauer. Hickey and the mother of Josh Fattal, the other hiker, say they are starting a hunger strike to show solidarity for their sons.

Klobuchar says she spoke with Hickey and offered to visit her. The Minnesota Democrat says it’s important for Hickey to know that people care about her son and are working to obtain his release.

Fattal, Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested along the Iraq-Iran border in 2009 and held on espionage charges, which they deny. Shourd was allowed to return to the U.S. last year on bail.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mark fron MNtaxwaste.com says:

    I wonder how their smiles look now, being behind bars for being stupid. Hi MOM and Dad I’m going off to a war zone for vacation. After that I will be going to North Korea for a trip,

  2. dan says:

    Hopefully Klobuchar tells them how stupid their kids are for hiking in hostile territory or anywhere near it.
    I’m sure the taxpayers get to pick up her tab for this little vacation. Nice!

  3. wondering says:

    How will a hunger strike help? Does Iran even care…think not. As a parent when my kids were growing up and young adults I alwys hoped they would keep stupid choices to a minmum…I don’t think anything this idiotic ever entered their heads. These moms must feel similar thought, but probably won’t say so publically. As to Sen Klobuchar…good for voter contact, but not much she can do. Iran isn’t exacty one of our allies.

  4. John Sherman says:

    again once again the vauanted state dept of the US is exposed as to all they can do is nothing and suceed at nothing nor can the United States do anything toget them out nor take something of value of Iran’s to trade talk is cheap yes they pushed the envelop but so does Iran but we are so helpless in world politics and economic pressure.

  5. yep says:

    Hopefully she brings them some McDonald’s or something.

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