United States and Iran Swap Prisoners in Rare Act of Cooperation

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A handout picture released by the Iranian Foreign Minister’s official Twitter account on Saturday shows Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) and Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani standing by a plane at an undisclosed location. — AFP via Getty Images

Trump made no mention of the freeing of Soleimani but thanked the Swiss government for its help in negotiating Wang’s release.

DUBAI (Reuters) — The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare swap, an act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.

Trump said Xiyue Wang, a US citizen held in Iran for three years on spying charges, was returning to the United States. An Iranian official said that Iranian Massoud Soleimani had been freed from detention in the United States.

Switzerland facilitated the swap and Iranian state news agency IRNA said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Soleimani in Zurich, where it said the swap took place. It said Soleimani was expected to return to Iran in the coming hours.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump made no mention of the freeing of Soleimani but thanked the Swiss government for its help in negotiating Wang’s release.

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