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Iran, Belgium agree prisoner swap: Oman | News


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The Oman foreign ministry statement did not identify those freed, but Belgium said the deal involved aid worker Olivier van der Castel.

In a deal brokered by Oman, Iran and Belgium agreed to release individuals imprisoned in each other’s countries.

The Omani foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that the people had been transported from Tehran and Brussels to Muscat in preparation for their return to their respective countries. It did not identify the prisoners who were exchanged.

However, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Creo said in a statement that aid worker Olivier van der Kastel had been released.

Iranian state media repeated Oman’s statement without providing further details. Iran has long wanted Belgium to return a diplomat convicted of planning an explosion in France.

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