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Oman thanks Tehran for 'handing over' Iranian-American Namazi to Muscat, Iran says

Siamak Namazi, Bagher Namazi [Twitter]
Siamak Namazi, Bagher Namazi [Twitter]

Oman, on Tuesday, thanked Iran for "handing over" US citizen, Baquer Namazi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on its website, but it was unclear whether the Iranian-American had left the Islamic Republic or when he might do so, Reuters reports.

"In a phone call, Oman's Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Tehran's trust in the Omani authorities and the humanitarian action of Iran in handing over Baquer Namazi to Muscat," Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

Namazi, 85, was convicted in Iran of "collaboration with a hostile government" in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Iranian authorities released him on medical grounds in 2018, and closed his case in 2020, commuting his sentence to time served but effectively barring him from leaving the country.

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