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Three Out Of Five Released Americans Safely Depart Iran

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Three out of four Iranian-Americans released from prison in Iran have left Tehran aboard a Swiss aircraft.

The three – Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief; Saeed Abedini, a pastor; and Amir Hekmati, an ex-marine – were confirmed to be leaving by a US official.

They will stop in Switzerland, before heading to a US military facility to be checked over by medical staff, The Washington Post reports.

The fourth, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari was not aboard the aircraft.

A fifth prisoner, American student Matthew Trevithick was released separately from the group of four, according to a US official.

“We can confirm that our detained US citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart from Iran have left,” a senior US administration official announced.

Lawyers also confirmed the release of several Iranian-Americans held in US prisons after being charged or convicted for violating sanctions.

Seven Iranians are said to have been freed from jail in the United States as part of a prisoner exchange.

The swap came on the back of the announcement a landmark nuclear deal had been negotiated between six world powers —including the US — and Iran.

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon “commends the move to improve ties,” he said in Dubai. Reuters news agency reports he is “heartened” by the lifting of sanctions.

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Arab News

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

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