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UAE, after Kuwait, releases Iranian prisoners

The moves come as Iran works to restore its ties with Gulf countries following years of estrangement and tension.

The United Arab Emirates released 15 Iranian prisoners on Thursday, the Iranian press reported, in the latest step toward normalization between Arab Gulf countries and the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the prisoners were pardoned following discussions between Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Emirati officials during the former’s visit to the Gulf country last month. The statement went on that the prisoners will return home as soon as administrative procedures are completed.

The UAE has yet to comment on the news. It remains unclear why the Iranians had been imprisoned there.

In a similar move this week, Kuwait also released 11 Iranian prisoners who arrived in Tehran late on Tuesday as part of an extradition treaty signed between the two countries in 2006.

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