Iran’s high diplomat claims prisoner swap close to with US



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran’s high diplomat claimed Sunday {that a} prisoner swap was close to with the U.S., although he supplied no proof to help his assertion. American officers didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark about his remarks.

Iranian International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has made comparable feedback previously about potential offers with the U.S. on frozen belongings overseas and different points that by no means got here to fruition. A few of these remarks have appeared aimed toward shoring up home help amid the mass protests difficult Iran’s theocracy and supporting the nation’s troubled rial foreign money.

Nevertheless, in an interview Sunday with Iranian state tv, Amirabdollahian claimed that Iran had “reached an settlement in latest days concerning the trade of prisoners between Iran and the US.”

“If all the things goes properly on the American’s aspect, I feel we are going to see the trade of prisoners within the quick time period,” he added. He alleged a doc between Iran and the U.S. laying out the trade had been “not directly signed and accepted” since March 2022.

The U.S. State Division and the White Home didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Sunday from The Related Press.

Iran lengthy has taken prisoners with Western passports or ties to make use of in negotiations with overseas nations.

As of proper now, there are not less than 4 Americans identified to be held in Iranian prisons on broadly disputed espionage costs.

The proof in opposition to them has by no means been made public. The detainees all have twin U.S.-Iranian citizenship, one thing Tehran doesn’t acknowledge.

In latest days, nevertheless, longtime Iranian-American detainee Siamak Namazi was allowed to conduct an interview with CNN from Tehran’s infamous Evin jail — one thing that may not have occurred with out the acquiescence of safety forces.

In the meantime, Ali Bagheri Kani, a deputy Iranian overseas minister who has dealt with nuclear talks with world powers, made a visit Sunday to Oman, a longtime interlocutor between Tehran and Washington.

Amirabdollahian’s feedback additionally come after Iran and Saudi Arabia, with Chinese language mediation, introduced Friday they’d reestablish diplomatic ties and reopen embassies after a seven-year freeze in relations.


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