Iran Pres. says prisoner swap with US only humanitarian act
President Raisi said that the prisoner swap that took place between Iran and the US on Monday was purely done based on humanitarian grounds.
is in New York for the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly,
said this while speaking to major US media on Monday, after Iran and the US
struck a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by Doha.
president said that the exchange of prisoners between Iran and the United
States is a purely humanitarian measure: Absolutely every step [the United
States takes] to fulfill its obligations is a confidence booster for us.
NBC that the freed funds, which he said were brutally blocked and now in Iran's
possession, belong to the Iranian people and will be used to meet their
years of high-stakes negotiations, Iran and the United States agreed to release
the prisoners as part of a deal that also included the release of billions in
Iranian assets illegally frozen in South Korea.
Iran’s oil and gas exports have been frozen in South Korean bank accounts since
2018 after the administration of then-President Donald Trump pulled the United
States out of a key nuclear deal with Iran, further escalating tensions with
Tehran. Iran and the United States released
10 prisoners -- five Iranians and five Americans -- after the US government
authorized the transfer of $6 billion in frozen Iranian oil assets held in
his speech, Raisi described fostering relations with Iran's neighbors as one of
the key policies of his administration, stressing that the main cause of some
of the problems in relations between regional countries has been external
interference, especially American interference.
presence in the region will never create security, just as the normalization of
relations with some Arab countries by a Zionist regime will not bring security
to that regime, he added.
Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco signed normalization agreements with
Israel brokered by the United States in 2020, drawing condemnation from
Palestinians who saw the agreements as a stab in the back of Palestine and the
referred to the misunderstanding of the United States and some Western
countries in last year's unrest in Iran, which followed the death of a young
Iranian girl. The United States and some Western countries wrongly imagined
that if they could control some unrest in Iran, they would achieve their goals.
However, the Iranian people did not cooperate with the rioters, and the
conspiracy of the United States and some European countries to disrupt the
order and security of the country failed.