Iran doctor freed by US returns home after prisoner swap

      Published on Monday, 8 June , 2020      0 Views     
Iran doctor freed by US returns home after prisoner swap

  • Government

Iranian physician Majid Taheri returned home on Monday after his release from jail in the United States as part of a prisoner exchange

Taheri was greeted at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, reported the semi-official news agency, ISNA, which published a picture of the pair speaking to reporters. The doctor, who had been detained in the US for 16 months, was freed on Thursday as Iran released US Navy veteran Michael White, who was imprisoned in July 2018 after being convicted of insulting Iran’s supreme leader and posting private information online.

“I hope to see the release of [other Iranians imprisoned abroad] in the near future,” Ansari said, adding his ministry would do its best to achieve this.

Taheri thanked Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

“I thank the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and dear officials, including Mr Zarif, who worked hard, and other officials who took months to help release me, as an Iranian physician accused of circumventing US sanctions on medicine,” he was quoted as saying

Category Government | 2020/06/08 latest update at 7:25 PM
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