Iranian doctor Majid Taheri back home after release from US jail
Iran Press TV
Monday, 08 June 2020 2:15 AM
An Iranian doctor who had been imprisoned in the US for 16 months has arrived back home after being released.
Taheri arrived in Tehran early Monday, and was welcomed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari at the airport.
The Iranian doctor, who had spent nearly 16 months in US jails for allegedly violating the US sanctions on Iran, told reporters at the airport that charges against him were false and unfair.
He said he was jailed for helping Iranian researchers at the University of Tehran develop an anti-cancer vaccine.
Taheri thanked Iranian officials and the government, especially Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for securing his release.
Iran has stressed no direct talks had taken place between the Islamic Republic and the United States over the release, saying the process was facilitated by the Swiss Embassy.
In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, "This... was carried out with the help of the Swiss government and, therefore, it is necessary to thank the government of Switzerland for its help."
Emphasizing that the Swiss diplomats were responsible for talks with the US government, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasized, "There has been no direct negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the government of the United States."
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