Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran released: Canberra

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 05 2019 11:48 AM | Updated as of Oct 05 2019 12:56 PM

(UPDATE) An Australian travel-blogging couple who were last month revealed to be detained in Iran have been released following "very sensitive negotiations" with Tehran, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.

Perth-based Jolie King and Mark Firkin have been returned to Australia, Payne said, but a third Australian citizen identified as having been recently arrested by Iranian authorities remained in detention.

Payne said the charges against the couple were dropped and that they were in good health.

"For Jolie and for Mark the ordeal that they have been through is now over. They are being united with their loved ones which is a source of great relief and joy to everyone. I can tell you that they are in good health and in good spirits," she said.