Family of Robert Levinson, American Citizen Missing in Iran Since March 2007, Requests Meeting with the President of Iran

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The wife of Robert Levinson, who has been missing in Iran since March 9, 2007, today said she is requesting a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York, which begins this week. Christine Levinson says she still has no word about what happened to her husband, Bob, and she believes President Ahmadinejad has the power to help find him so he may return to his family in time for their daughter's wedding in September. Christine and Bob Levinson will mark their 36th wedding anniversary on May 11th

The wife of Robert Levinson, the American citizen who has been missing in Iran since March 9, 2007, (http://www.helpboblevinson.com) today said she is requesting a meeting with His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, during his visit to New York this week.

Christine Levinson, Robert Levinson's wife and mother of their seven children, said, "It has been more than three years since Bob disappeared in Iran and, for our family, it feels like a lifetime. We love and miss Bob more than our words will ever say. Our desperation to find Bob grows every day, and we have had no information about what happened to him since the day he went missing. Therefore, in Bob's name, and on behalf of our seven children, son-in-law and two grandchildren, I respectfully ask once again to meet with His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, so we may personally ask for his help."

Mrs. Levinson continued, "Our 36th wedding anniversary is May 11 and I cannot bear to think that it will be the fourth year in a row that Bob and I will spend it apart. If I were granted the opportunity to meet with President Ahmadinejad, I would speak to him of the wonderful man Bob has been during our 36 years together, about Bob's deep faith in God and how he makes the lives of everyone he meets better for knowing him. I would speak of the hole in our family's life that cannot be filled, and of the darkness that we live with every waking hour. My children's dreams are filled with Bob and our home is empty without him. One of our daughters will be married in September and it is our greatest hope that Bob will be present in his rightful place as the father of the bride. We believe President Ahmadinejad has the power to help us find out what happened to Bob, a devoted husband and father and the head of our family."

Mrs. Levinson concluded, "I humbly implore President Ahmadinejad to bring the strength of his powerful office to bear, and, inspired by the mercy and compassion that live in the hearts of the Iranian people, help us find Bob and bring him home to his family. We don't know what happened to Bob. We don't know if he has been the victim of a crime and is being held against his will, or if he may be sick or in a hospital and unable to contact us. We have heard nothing since he disappeared. But we absolutely believe he is alive and needs his family. Bob is now 62 years old - three years older than when he went missing. He suffers from diabetes and hypertension. We don't know if he has been able to receive his medicines. The not-knowing is almost unbearable. It is my profound hope that the Levinson family will be able to speak to President Ahmadinejad, and that the President will find it in his heart to relieve us of this terrible, painful, nightmare by helping us find Bob and bring him home."

The Levinson family will seek to deliver a letter to President Ahmadinejad on Monday. The family asks anyone who may have information to please email the family's web site, http://www.helpboblevinson.com. The site also has photographs of Bob with his family.

Contact: Suzi Halpin , Robert Levinson's sister-in-law
646-283-0379/shalpin (at) rubenstein (dot) com

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