Iran, Türkiye exchange 6 prisoners: deputy minister-Xinhua

Iran, Türkiye exchange 6 prisoners: deputy minister

Source: Xinhua

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2023-09-20 02:33:45

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran and Ankara have exchanged six prisoners, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.

Askar Jalalian, Iran's deputy justice minister for human rights and international affairs, said Iran and Türkiye have exchanged six prisoners, including three Iranian nationals and three Turkish citizens, at the Bazargan border crossing in northwestern Iran.

It was one of the outcomes of an Iranian Justice Ministry delegation's recent trip to the Turkish capital Ankara, where they took part in the meeting of the joint convict extradition committee and held consultations with their Turkish counterparts, he added.

Jalalian noted that Iran seeks to, under bilateral humanitarian convict extradition agreements with other states, repatriate those imprisoned foreign nationals who are eligible and willing to return to their home countries and, in return, expects the other sides to reciprocate.

In late February, Jalalian said out of the total 4,000 Iranians imprisoned in other countries, 2,800 are in Türkiye, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.