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Five U.S. Citizens Return Home After Prisoner Swap with Iran

HeadlineSep 19, 2023

Five U.S. citizens released from prison in Iran Monday have arrived back in the United States following a rare prisoner swap agreement between the United States and Tehran. They were freed after the U.S. unfroze $6 billion of Iran’s oil revenue and released five Iranians held in the United States. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to the five Americans after their release.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “I can tell you that it was, for them, for me, an emotional conversation. It’s easy, in the work that we do every day, sometimes to get lost in the abstractions of foreign policy and relations with other countries, and forgetting the human element that’s at the heart of everything we do.”

We’ll have more on Iran after headlines.

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