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Iran ready for exchange of prisoners with U.S.

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Iran has declared itself ready for further prisoner exchanges with the United States, Iranian Foreign Office spokesperson said on Thursday

“If the necessary framework conditions are in place, we will be willing to do so for humanitarian reasons,’’ Iranian Foreign Office spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said.

According to the spokesperson, this plan can be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss embassy in Tehran.

Switzerland represents the U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran because Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic relations for over 40 years.

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Former U.S. soldier Michael White was arrested in July 2018 however, was released recently after almost two years in Iran.

According to media reports, he only wanted to meet an Iranian woman he had met online, as well as her family.

In return, Iranian scientist Majid Taheri was released from U.S. custody.

At the moment, U.S.-Iranians are the main inmates at the infamous Evin prison in Tehran.

Among them are businessman, Siamak Namazi and his father, Bagher.

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Mr Namazi was arrested in 2015, his father a year later and sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly spying for the U.S.

Dual citizenship is not recognised in Iran.

Therefore, all people with Iranian fathers are considered Iranians and have no right to consular assistance.

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