By: Nadeemy Haded

US President Donald Trump has confirmed Iran's release of American scientist Si Wang, vowing to work to free all US detainees illegally imprisoned overseas, as he put it.

In a statement released Saturday and published by the White House, Trump said that Wang had returned to the United States after spending 3 days in detention in Iran.

He added: "We thank our Swiss partners for their help in negotiating with Iran about Mr. Wang's release."

He added: "The security and welfare of American citizens is the greatest priority for the United States. The liberation of American prisoners is of vital importance to my administration, and we will continue to work hard to return all of our citizens imprisoned illegally abroad."

For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised, "The United States will not calm down before it returns all the American prisoners in Iran and the whole world to their families."

Pompeo reiterated his country's gratitude to Switzerland, expressing satisfaction at the "constructive stance of the Iranian government on this issue."

Earlier on Saturday, Iran announced the exchange of the two countries, two detained American scientists, Chinese-American doctorate Si Wang, who has been detained by the Iranian authorities since 2016, and Iranian biologist Masoud Suleiman, who was arrested by Washington in 2018.

Source: Agencies

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