Iran Running Negotiations With US on Exchange of Prisoners, Iranian Foreign Ministry Says

© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikThe Dome of the U.S. Capitol building is visible through Iranian flags during an Organization of Iranian-American Communities rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019.
The Dome of the U.S. Capitol building is visible through Iranian flags during an Organization of Iranian-American Communities rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.07.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tehran negotiates with the United States on the exchange of prisoners, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 12 July.
"The release of Iranian detainees in the US and some other Western countries has always been on our agenda. [US] State Secretary [Antony Blinken] offered a long time ago to exchange Iranian and US prisoners. [US President Joe] Biden’s government raised the issue when it got into office. The negotiations are currently held," the spokesperson said.
The exchange of prisoners is a sensitive issue in the Iranian-US relationship. Their partial swap took place in 2016, a year after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed, and in 2019. 
In early May, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price refuted media reports on new agreements reached by the countries on the prisoners’ exchange.
 
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