Five American prisoners left Iran Monday as part of the prisoner exchange plan that has also seen five Iranians imprisoned in the US released in accordance with an agreement brokered by Qatar that also saw nearly $6 billion in Iranian assets unfrozen.
The Qatar Airways plane carrying the Americans took off from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport – which has been used for exchanges in the past – shortly after the US and Iran received confirmation that the released Iranian funds had been transferred to accounts in Doha, a source told Reuters.
According to the Biden administration official, two US family members flew out In addition to the five freed Americans.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said earlier that the exchange would take place after nearly $6 billion in once-frozen Iranian assets in South Korea reached Qatar to be fully controlled by the government and the nation.
Iranian Press TV meanwhile reported that two of the five Iranians who were released from the US prisons have already arrived in Doha. The other three will not return to Iran, according to Tehran, but will remain in the States.