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The five American citizens being released in a prisoner exchange with Iran are on their way to the U.S., White House officials have confirmed.
The five Americans and two family members arrived in Doha, Qata on Monday after leaving Iran. White House officials touted the move as President Biden reuniting families. In the exchange, the U.S. offered up five Iranian prisoners and returned $6 billion in frozen funds for use in Iran.
“The president is making five families whole again,” a White House official said Sunday night.
Iran released the five prisoners after the frozen funds arrived to Qatar Sunday night.
Reportedly, two of the prisoners being freed by the United States have stated that they plan to remain living in the US.
The Biden White House released the following statement in a press release:
Today, five innocent Americans who were imprisoned in Iran are finally coming home.
Siamak Namazi, Morad Tahbaz, Emad Sharghi, and two citizens who wish to remain private will soon be reunited with their loved ones—after enduring years of agony, uncertainty, and suffering. I am grateful to our partners at home and abroad for their tireless efforts to help us achieve this outcome, including the Governments of Qatar, Oman, Switzerland, and South Korea.
I give special thanks to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, and to the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, both of whom helped facilitate this agreement over many months of difficult and principled American diplomacy.
As we celebrate the return of these Americans, we also remember those who did not return. I call on the Iranian regime to give a full account of what happened to Bob Levinson. The Levinson family deserves answers. Today, we are sanctioning former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence under the Levinson Act for their involvement in wrongful detentions. And, we will continue to impose costs on Iran for their provocative actions in the region.
And as we welcome home our fellow citizens, I once more remind all Americans of the serious risks of traveling to Iran. American passport holders should not travel there.
The U.S. State Department has a longstanding travel warning that states: “Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.” All Americans should heed those words and have no expectation that their release can be secured if they do not.
Reuniting wrongfully detained Americans with their loved ones has been a priority for my Administration since day one. We have now brought home dozens of our fellow citizens, including from Afghanistan, Burma, Haiti, Russia, Rwanda, Venezuela, West Africa, and more locations globally. Still, too many remain unjustly held in Russia, Venezuela, Syria, and elsewhere around the world. We remain unflinching in our efforts to keep faith with them and their families—and we will not stop working until we bring home every American held hostage or wrongfully detained.
— Ben LaBolt (@WHCommsDir) September 18, 2023
Five US detainees flew out of Iran in a swap for five Iranians held in the US in a rare deal between the arch enemies that also unfroze $6 billion of Tehran’s funds https://t.co/f00siITwcW pic.twitter.com/kw4cvqYK4Y
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 18, 2023
Fox News host Dana Perino noted that on the very same day the prisoner swap is taking place, the Iranian president is flying to the United States on a Biden-approved visa for a UNGA meeting, “while we know they are actively plotting terror attacks on U.S. citizens, and $6 billion lands in the bank account by the time he arrives in the U.S.
🚨BREAKING: A plane carrying five freed Iranian-Americans has landed in Qatar in a rare prisoner swap that also unfroze $6 billion in Iranian oil funds. Despite the deal, tensions are almost certain to remain high between the U.S. and Iran. pic.twitter.com/Eb2qGcmLKS
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) September 18, 2023
The five, all of whom had been designated as wrongfully detained, were freed as part of a wider deal that includes the US unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian funds. https://t.co/mHfkbmaMx7
— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) September 18, 2023
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 18, 2023
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