The Iranian international ministry spokesman has confirmed media experiences about an alternate of message between Tehran and Washington over a prisoner swap.
“The Swiss Embassy in Iran in addition to some international ministers have given Tehran messages suggesting the American facet is all in favour of resolving this humanitarian challenge,” Saeed Khatibzadeh stated, referring to the problem of prisoners.
“We’ve additionally despatched them, by the identical channels, our message indicating a proposal put ahead by Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif throughout his journey to the United Nations two years in the past nonetheless holds,” the spokesman famous in his weekly press briefing on Monday.
“The proposal suggests all Iranian inmates [being held in the United States] be freed in return for American prisoners behind bars in Iran,” he stated.
He expressed concern over the state of affairs of Iranian inmates saved in US jails, and stated the situation of the Iranians imprisoned in the USA has at all times been one of many priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Lots of our prisoners are in deplorable circumstances and particularly topic to unfair remedy in the USA,” he famous.
He underlined many Iranian nationals are incarcerated in the USA for no good cause.
“They put handcuffs and shackles on an Iranian professor on pointless pretexts and maintain him in solitary confinement. They condemn one other Iranian prisoner on pointless pretexts. That inmate serves his time, they usually defiantly maintain him behind bars till his jail time period ends,” he defined.
“There are a lot of different examples like this. Naturally, the federal government of the Islamic Republic of Iran can’t [sit idly by and] see such blatant injustice takes place, particularly on the subject of Iranian nationals,” he stated.
Khatibzadeh stated the unfair remedy of Iranian prisoners by the US authorities is the legacy of the administration of former US President Donald Trump.
“That is the depraved heritage left behind for the present US administration by the earlier one. We nonetheless can’t see the incumbent US administration distancing itself from this depraved heritage,” he added.