Iranian and American freed in apparent prisoner swap Dec 08, 2019 0 905 12345 AFPTehranAn Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said on Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.Tehran announced the release of Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani from the United States shortly before Washington declared American researcher Xiyue Wang was returning home.“Glad that Professor Massoud Soleimani and Mr. Xiyue Wang will be joining their families shortly,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.“Many thanks to all engaged, particularly the Swiss government,” which has looked after US interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic ties, Zarif said.In a statement issued in Washington, US President Donald Trump said that “after more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the US”.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was “pleased that Tehran has been constructive in this matter” while also thanking Switzerland for its role.A statement on the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan Online website said Wang had been “freed on Islamic clemency” and handed over to Swiss officials in order to be returned to America.Wang, a Chinese-born American, was serving 10 years on espionage charges in Iran.A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, he had been researching Iran’s Qajar dynasty when he was imprisoned in August 2016.Iran’s state news agency IRNA said Soleimani had been “freed moments ago after one year of illegal detention and was handed over to Iranian officials in Switzerland”. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US House endorses two-state solution in a warning to Netanyahu Dec 08, 2019 0 123 Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: Monitor Dec 08, 2019 0 110 Iraqis protest to defy ‘slaughter’ in Baghdad as drone hits cleric’s home Dec 08, 2019 0 116 Militants kill at least eight including several police in Kenya bus attack Nairobi: Several police officers were among at least eight people killed in an attack on a bus in northeast Kenya claimed on Saturday by the Somali Islamist Al-Shebaab group. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had been .. Torrential rains kill 21 in western Uganda and neighbouring Congo Kampala/Kinshasa: At least 11 people were killed by floods in western Uganda, while another 10 people were killed by torrential rains in neighbouring Congo, authorities said on Saturday. The deaths in Uganda occurred .. Turkish president slams Greek decision to expel Libyan envoy Istanbul: Greece’s decision to expel the Libyan ambassador over an agreement between Turkey and Libya on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea was a “scandal,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on .. Bombing Iran to stop its nuclear plans is ‘an option,’ Israel says ROME: Israel would be ready to bomb Iran to stop its nuclear weapon capabilities, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in an interview on Saturday. “Is bombing Iran an option that Israel is considering?” Katz was ..