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Iran says deal reached with US for prisoner swap


Iran and the United States have reached an agreement to exchange prisoners, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told state television on Sunday, adding that he hopes the exchange will take place soon.

“Regarding the issue of prisoner exchanges between Iran and the United States, we have reached an agreement in recent days and if everything goes well on the American side, I think we will see a prisoner exchange. in a short period of time,” Amirabdollahian said.

“On our side, everything is ready, while the United States is currently working on the final technical coordination.”

One of the many Americans detained in Iran is Siamak Namazi, a dual American-Iranian businessman, who was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison for espionage and cooperation with the US government.

Emad Sharghi, an Iranian-American businessman first arrested in 2018 while working for a tech investment firm, is also imprisoned in Iran, as is Iranian-American environmentalist Morad Tahbaz, also a citizen British.

Joanna Swanson

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