Oman says a prisoner swap between Belgium and Iran is underway

Oman says a prisoner swap between Belgium and Iran is underway
# 26 May 2023 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

Oman said Friday a prisoner swap between Belgium and Iran was underway, APA reports citing APNews.

The announcement by Oman’s Foreign Ministry did not identify the prisoners being swapped. However, Iran has been wanting Belgium to return a diplomat convicted of planning a bombing in France, while Belgium has been seeking the release of an aid worker held by Iran.

“Those released were transferred from Tehran and Brussels to Muscat today, Friday, in preparation for their return to their countries,” the Foreign Ministry said. “The sultanate of Oman appreciated the high positive spirit that prevailed in the talks in Muscat between the Iranian and Belgian sides, and their keenness to settle this humanitarian issue.”

Iranian state media did not immediately acknowledge Oman’s comments. The Belgian Foreign Ministry referred questions to the Belgian prime minister’s office, which declined to immediately comment. However, Oman has long served as an interlocutor for the West with Iran.

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