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Iran says it is ready for an unconditional prisoner swap with US

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Iran is ready to conduct an unconditional prisoner swap with the US, its Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

“We are ready to swap prisoners with Washington,” ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, according to a report in Reuters citing the semi-official Fars News Agency. “The US must release jailed Iranian citizens without any conditions.”

Tehran is seeking freedom for more than a dozen Iranians held in the US, among them seven dual US-Iranian nationals, two Iranians with permanent US residency, and four Iranian citizens who have no status, according to Reuters.

Iran is holding several US citizens or dual nationals on various charges that Washington considers trumped up.

The offer for a swap came the day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that 50-year-old Iranian-American Siamak Namazi has been held by Iran for 2,500 days.

“We are determined to secure his freedom and ensure all Americans who have been........

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