Five US citizens who were held in prison in Iran and were released within the scope of an agreement brokered by Qatar left Tehran by plane and arrived in Doha.
Four men and one woman, who also had Iranian passports, were allowed to leave Tehran after it was confirmed that $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds held in South Korea had reached banks in Doha.
In return, five Iranians held in US prisons on various charges, including violating US sanctions, would be released.
Iran Press TV reported that two of the five Iranians released by the United States landed in Doha. Officials said the other three men did not return to Iran. However, this information has not yet been confirmed by independent sources.
As soon as the plane carrying US citizens landed in Doha, US President Joe Biden announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country’s intelligence ministry.