The Iranian overseas ministry spokesman has confirmed media stories about an change of message between Tehran and Washington over a prisoner swap.
“The Swiss Embassy in Iran in addition to some overseas ministers have given Tehran messages suggesting the American aspect is occupied with resolving this humanitarian concern,” Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned, referring to the problem of prisoners.
“Now we have additionally despatched them, by means of the identical channels, our message indicating a proposal put ahead by Iranian International 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 mentioned.
He expressed concern over the state of affairs of Iranian inmates saved in US jails, and mentioned the situation of the Iranians imprisoned in the US has all the time been one of many priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“A lot of our prisoners are in deplorable circumstances and particularly topic to unfair therapy in the US,” he famous.
He underlined many Iranian nationals are incarcerated in the US for no good motive.
“They put handcuffs and shackles on an Iranian professor on pointless pretexts and hold him in solitary confinement. They condemn one other Iranian prisoner on pointless pretexts. That inmate serves his time, they usually defiantly hold him behind bars till his jail time period ends,” he defined.
“There are various different examples like this. Naturally, the federal government of the Islamic Republic of Iran can not [sit idly by and] see such blatant injustice takes place, particularly almost about Iranian nationals,” he mentioned.
Khatibzadeh mentioned the unfair therapy 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.