Ban Ki-moon praises US-Iran prisoner swap following lifting of sanctions

Published January 17th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commendedan the exchange of prisoners by the United States and Iran on Sunday, Reuters reports.

"I commend the moves by the governments of both countries to improve ties. I am also heartened by the lifting of sanctions against Iran," he said on a visit to Dubai, adding he hoped the parties honored a nuclear deal that made possible the lifting of curbs.

"Now is the moment to push for cooperation on other pressing challenges through dialogue which should continue to find a way for a safer future," he said.

Iran released four US citizens on Saturday in exchange for seven Iranians held by the US, as diplomats gathered in Vienna to announce the lifting of crippling economic sanctions against Iran, bringing the country of 80 million back to the world stage.


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