President Barack Obamamay have the door to diplomacy with Iran still open a crack but Friday Sarah Shourd walked through.
The controversial Iranian leader is in the country to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Thursday Ahmadinejad started a war of words with Mr. Obama -- and prompted US and European officials to walk out of a meeting -- when he suggested the American government was behind the 9/11 attacks.
But the remarks did not prevent Shourd and her mother from meeting with the Iranian president. The 32-year-old woman spent 13 months in an Iranian jail after she was arrested near the Iraq border.
A family spokeswoman declined to specify what Shroud and Ahmadinejad spoke about. But the young woman has been advocating for the release of her fiance and another friend who are still being held in Iran.