The Trump administration on Saturday announced the release of Xiyue Wang, a Chinese American graduate student detained in Iran since 2016, as part of a prisoner exchange with Tehran.
"After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States," President Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.
"We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang’s release with Iran," Trump continued. "The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens. Freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance to my Administration, and we will continue to work hard to bring home all our citizens wrongfully held captive overseas."
Wang was freed from the Evin Prison in Iran and flew on a Swiss government airplane from Tehran to Zurich, where he was met by the State Department's special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook. The department tweeted a photo of the pair showing Wang holding a folded American flag.
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