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State TV: Iranian official confirms reports of prisoner swap with US, says Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be released after "payment of military debt"

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella pose for a photo in London, UK on 7 February 2016 [Karl Brandt/Courtesy of Free Nazanin campaign/Handout via REUTERS/Files]
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella pose for a photo in London, UK on 7 February 2016 [Karl Brandt/Courtesy of Free Nazanin campaign/Handout via REUTERS/Files]

British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be released "after the payment of a military debt" owed by Britain to Tehran, Iran's state TV said on Sunday, citing an Iranian official, Reuters reports.

The official confirmed separately a report by a Lebanese pro-Iranian TV channel, al-Mayadeen, that Tehran and Washington have agreed on deal to swap prisoners and to release Iranian funds held in the United States. "The release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in exchange for the UK's payment of its 400 million pound-debt to Iran has also been finalised," he said.

READ: Iran hands Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 1-year jail term

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