US, Iran release prisoners in $6bn swap deal

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The United States and Iran on Monday swapped five prisoners each in one of the arch-foes’ first deals in years as Tehran gained access to $6 billion in frozen funds.

The five Americans freed by Iran, including one held for eight years, flew out of Tehran in a Qatari jet, hours after the unblocked funds were deposited in accounts also managed by Qatar.

The White House said it was “pleased to confirm” the plane carrying the freed Americans had left Doha, Qatar for the United States, and that President Joe Biden had spoken with the families of the Americans in an “emotional call”.

The five had walked in the setting sun on the tarmac in Doha, three of them with arms around one another’s shoulders.

One of them praised Biden for ignoring the political backlash and taking the “incredibly difficult decisions” that freed them.

“Thank you, President Biden, for ultimately putting the lives of American citizens above politics,” Siamak Namazi, a businessman held since 2015, said…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper