"Journalists remain behind bars and innocent people have been executed," Bauer said. "If the Iranian government wants to change its image in the world, and ease international pressure, it should release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience immediately. They deserve their freedom just as much as we do."
Once free on Wednesday, the two were reunited with Shourd and their families in Muscat, Oman, where they spent a few days resting and enjoying their freedom.
"We were able to swim in the calm waters of the Gulf. We stayed up all night with our loved ones and watched the most beautiful sunrise we have ever seen. These experiences will be with us for the rest of our lives," said Fattal.
For the coming weeks, the two men will spend private time with their families. Baur and Shourd finally had time to celebrate their engagement while in Oman, and discuss the wedding bells to come.