Tehran refutes reports regarding swap deal with the US

The Foreign Ministry rejected the reports claiming that an agreement about a prisoner exchange was reached with the United States.

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On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh issued a statement regarding the latest reports claiming that Tehran and Washington had reached an agreement for a prisoner exchange.

In a statement quoted by the Iranian official news agency IRNA, it was stated that “The issue of prisoners was always on the Iranian agenda but what is said over a deal for prisoners exchange is not confirmed by any informed sources.”

Earlier, some reports indicating that the two countries had reached an agreement for a prisoner swap in exchange for releasing $7 billion of frozen Iranian oil assets by the United States, have circulated in media.

Touching upon relations with Saudi Arabia, Khatibzadeh also reiterated his country’s readiness for dialogue on any level with Saudi Arabia as well as other neighboring countries.

Previously, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a televised interview that his country wants good and distinguished relations with Iran.

Meanwhile, the talks for restoring the 2015 nuclear deal are maintained in Austria’s capital, Vienna. Even though the Iranian authorities have frequently denied that they hold direct or indirect talks with the US, reports indicate that there is progress in negotiations between the two countries.

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