Iran-US prisoner swap – level 3

13-09-2023 07:00

A prisoner swap between Iran and the United States is set to occur alongside the transfer of $6 billion in unfrozen Iranian funds to banks in Qatar.

This carefully orchestrated exchange will see detained US dual nationals released from Iran and Iranian prisoners in the US returning home. The process began with Iran releasing four US citizens into house arrest on August 10, followed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hinting at their eventual return. The negotiation, mediated by Qatar, bypasses the contentious US-Iran nuclear dispute. Qatar will oversee the funds’ usage to ensure compliance with US sanctions. Once the funds reach Qatar, American prisoners will fly to Qatar from Tehran, and Iranian prisoners will return to Iran from the US.

This unexpected cooperation follows a period of strained relations between the two nations.

Difficult words: orchestrated (carefully planned and organized), dual national (a person who is a national of two countries at the same time), contentious (causing or likely to cause an argument).

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