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A former Iranian hostage who was tortured by the oppressive regime slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for abandoning him and other detainees while the Obama administration pursued the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.
Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national who was detained in Iran from 2015 to 2019 on charges he spied for the United States, lashed out on Tuesday at Biden after the former vice president accused President Donald Trump of treating Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as his “favorite dictator.”
“With all due respect Mr. Biden, I don’t think you are well-positioned to comment on this subject,” Zakka tweeted. “I never comment on politics but this one was too much. You left us behind in Iran. Remember? Tehran?”
Zakka was referring to the Obama administration’s decision to refrain from demanding that Iran release hostages during sensitive diplomatic talks that eventually led to the nuclear agreement. The former administration was criticized for avoiding thorny topics like hostages as part of its efforts to court the Islamic Republic.
Biden sought to criticize Trump this week for what he claimed is the administration’s close relationship with Egyptian leader Al-Sisi. The comments came after Egypt freed Mohamed Amashah, a medical student who had been detained for more than a year.
“Mohamed Amashah is finally home after 486 days in Egyptian prison for holding a protest sign,” Biden tweeted. “Arresting, torturing, and exiling activists like Sarah Hegazy and Mohamed Soltan or threatening their families is unacceptable. No more blank checks for Trump’s ‘favorite dictator.'”