Iran’s foreign minister claims Tehran nearing prisoner swap deal with US

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian speaks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bouhabib in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, January 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian speaks to journalists during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bouhabib in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, January 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Iran’s top diplomat claims that a prisoner swap is near with the US, though he offers no evidence to support his assertion. American officials do not immediately respond to requests for comment about his remarks.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has made similar comments in the past about possible deals with the US on frozen assets abroad and other issues that never came to fruition. Some of those remarks have appeared aimed at shoring up domestic support amid the mass protests challenging Iran’s theocracy and supporting the country’s troubled rial currency.

However, in an interview today with Iranian state television, Amirabdollahian claims that Iran has “reached an agreement in recent days regarding the exchange of prisoners between Iran and the United States.”

“If everything goes well on the American side, I think we will see the exchange of prisoners in the short term,” he adds. He alleges a document between Iran and the US laying out the exchange has been “indirectly signed and approved” since March 2022.

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