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Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Tehran Ready for Prisoner Exchange with U.S.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. AFP
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. AFP

Iran's foreign minister announced in a Tuesday press conference that Iran is prepared to engage in a prisoner exchange with the United States.

Speaking at a conference in Tehran relating to Iran’s membership in the BRICS organization, the Iranian state Mehr News Agency reported that Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the Iran regime was ready to initiate the prisoner exchanges.  The foreign minister was quoted as calling the new policy “a humanitarian action.”

The details of the exchange according to Mehr News was negotiated through Oman and Qatar for several months.

The report also stated that Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that Iran places no prerequisites on the exchange of prisoners.

This isn't the first time such an offer has been made by Iran. In the past, similar statements have been put forth by officials in Tehran, including statements suggesting that an exchange agreement had already been made. However, the U.S. State Department has responded by characterizing this recent policy as "another especially cruel lie that only adds to the suffering of their families."

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