Good offices Iran-US prisoner swap facilitated by Switzerland

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"We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang's release with Iran", Trump wrote in a statement.

Xiyue Wang was arrested in Iran in 2016 for "collaborating with foreign governments".

U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang will be returning to the United States after being held prisoner in Iran for 3 years on spying charges.

The Iranian government arrested Xiyue Wang, a 38-year-old father and graduate student from Princeton University, in 2016 and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment on two counts of espionage that Wang and his lawyers deny.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency later reported that Soleimani was with Iranian officials in Switzerland.

The U.S. government arrested Soleimani in 2018 on charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

The Swiss Embassy in Tehran looks out for America's interests in the country as the U.S. Embassy there has been closed since the 1979 student takeover and 444-day hostage crisis.

The U.S. had repeatedly called for his release. Soleimani, who then flew to Iran, was accompanied to Switzerland by Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, according to a USA official.

Wang's wife, Hua Qu, expressed gratitude for "to everyone who helped make this happen".

"Our family is complete once again", reads a statement from Wang's wife, Hua Qu.

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Soleimani was due to be released next month in any case under a plea agreement - to that extent, the release of Xiyue Wang was a good deal, American media outlets were reporting on Saturday, quoting unnamed administration officials.

Iran's president presented a draft state budget of about US$39 billion (RM162.2 billion) to parliament today, saying it was created to resist U.S. sanctions by limiting dependence on oil exports.

The White House issued a statement following Wang's release, which praised the negotiated outcome.

He said the swap showed the United States and Iran "can make a deal together".

Iran's president said on Sunday his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is created to resist crippling US trade embargoes.

At least five other Americans are known to be imprisoned or missing in Iran.

Several dozen Iranians are being held in US prisons, many of them for breaking sanctions. "Wang is expected to come to Washington, D.C., on Monday", said Zakka.

The United States reimposed sanctions with the aim of driving down Iranian crude sales, the Islamic Republic's main source of revenues, after Washington withdrew previous year from a nuclear pact between world powers and Iran. But the world knows the truth, and Iranian leadership must come clean.

The president, who has spent most of his life in actual property offers and building, used a significant portion of his remarks to senior officers and invited entrepreneurs concerning the plumbing points.

Britain-based human rights group Amnesty International has said more than 200 people were killed in the crackdown, but Iran dismissed such figures as "utter lies".

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