IRAN FREES IMPRISONED AMERICAN, US LETS DUAL CITIZEN TO VISIT IRAN
A US Navy veteran who said he contracted the coronavirus while detained in Iran since 2018 was freed on Thursday as part of a deal in which the US allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran, his lawyer and a US official said.
Iran’s decision to release American Michael White and the US move to let dual citizen Majid Taheri visit Iran confirmed by Iran’s foreign minister and appeared to be a rare instance of US-Iranian cooperation, HUmeyra Pamuk and Mark Hosenball wrote for Reuters on June 5, 2020.
A White House spokesman expressed hope that White’s release could lead to an opening in the bitter relationship. White was released from an Iranian prison in mid-March and had been under Swiss custody since then. Switzerland had been looking after US interests in Iran since the both countries cut diplomatic ties after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The two nations are at odds on a host of issues including the US decision to abandon a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program and impose crippling economic sanctions on Tehran, as well as their jockeying for influence across the Middle East.