Freed US citizens land in Qatar as Biden vows ‘to impose costs’ on Iran

US citizens Siamak Namazi (R), Emad Sharqi (L) and Morad Tahbaz (C) disembark from a Qatari jet upon their arrival at Doha International Airport in Qatar on September 18, 2023, following a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran. (Karim Jaafar/AFP)
US citizens Siamak Namazi (R), Emad Sharqi (L) and Morad Tahbaz (C) disembark from a Qatari jet upon their arrival at Doha International Airport in Qatar on September 18, 2023, following a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran. (Karim Jaafar/AFP)

Five US citizens freed by Iran landed in Qatar on Monday in a prisoner exchange facilitated by the release of $6 billion in frozen oil proceeds, an AFP reporter says.

A Qatari jet carrying the five, along with two relatives, touched down at Doha International Airport just before 5:40 p.m. local time, the reporter witnesses.

US President Joe Biden meanwhile says the United States will keep piling “costs” on Iran despite the prisoner swap deal.

“We will continue to impose costs on Iran for their provocative actions in the region,” Biden says in a statement.

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