Qatar releases 3 Iranian prisoners: Iran's envoy-Xinhua

Qatar releases 3 Iranian prisoners: Iran's envoy

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-08-31 20:33:00

TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Three Iranians imprisoned in Qatar have been released and will return to their home country in the coming days, said Iran's Ambassador to Qatar Hamidreza Dehghani.

He made the remarks in a post on social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, on Wednesday night, adding the three nationals' release was thanks to the follow-ups by the embassy's staff members and Qatari officials' assistance.

He said the Iranian nationals had been detained due to having entered Qatar's territorial waters mistakenly, giving the assurance that consultations are being held with Qatari authorities to release other Iranians incarcerated in the Arab state.

In an interview with Iran's official news agency IRNA last week, Iranian Justice Minister Amin-Hossein Rahimi said the country has exchanged 1,531 prisoners with a number of other states since March 2022.

He added during the period, 298 Iranians imprisoned in other states have been released, and 1,233 foreigners held in Iran have been repatriated under agreements between Iran and their countries.