Trump thanks Tehran as American freed in prisoner swap

President Donald Trump thanked Tehran for a “very reasonable” negotiation Saturday after an American scholar detained within the nation was launched in alternate for an Iranian scientist held in the US.

Coming at a time of hovering tensions, the prisoner swap — involving a Princeton graduate scholar jailed for espionage since 2016 and an Iranian nationwide arrested over a yr in the past in Chicago — passed off in impartial Switzerland.

“Thanks to Iran on a very reasonable negotiation,” tweeted Trump, as Xiyue Wang made his means residence to his household.

“See, we are able to make a deal collectively!” wrote the US chief, who was anticipated to welcome Wang in individual when he lastly arrives in the US, after a cease in Germany for medical evaluations.

A photograph tweeted by the American Embassy in Bern confirmed Wang on a rainswept tarmac in Zurich with an official blue and white US jet within the background, hugging ambassador Edward McMullen.

The Chinese language-born American was in obvious good well being and in “very, excellent humor,” stated a senior US administration official.

Tehran had introduced the discharge of its nationwide, Massoud Soleimani, shortly earlier than Trump revealed that Wang was returning residence.

“Glad that Professor Massoud Soleimani and Mr. Xiyue Wang might be becoming a member of their households shortly,” Iran’s International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted — together with {a photograph} of himself and the scientist on a airplane beneath the phrases “Going residence.”

“Many because of all engaged, notably the Swiss authorities,” which has taken care of US pursuits in Iran within the absence of diplomatic ties, Zarif stated.

The Swiss international ministry confirmed that the alternate — which it referred to as a “humanitarian gesture” — passed off on its territory. It was credited by each side with an intensive diplomatic effort to safe the boys’s launch.

– ‘Hopeful’ signal –

America and Iran haven’t had diplomatic ties since 1980, and relations have sharply worsened since Trump withdrew from a global accord giving Iran sanctions reduction in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

The arch-enemies got here to the brink of navy confrontation in June this yr when Iran downed a US drone and Trump ordered retaliatory strikes earlier than cancelling them on the final minute.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the US was “happy that Tehran has been constructive on this matter.”

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