Iran has released one Danish and two Austrian citizens who were imprisoned in the country, Vienna and Copenhagen have said, thanking Oman and Belgium for their help in getting the trio freed.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Friday that he was “very relieved” that Kamran Ghaderi and Massud Mossaheb were being brought home after “years of arduous detention in Iran”
Denmark’s foreign minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said he was “happy and relieved that a Danish citizen is on his way home to his family in Denmark after imprisonment in Iran”.
He did not name the person, saying the former prisoner’s identity was “a personal matter” and he couldn’t go into details”.
Løkke Rasmussen thanked Belgium and said Oman “played an important role”.
Schallenberg thanked the foreign ministers of Belgium and Oman for providing “valuable support” without elaborating on what form it took.
An Oman Royal Air Force Gulfstream IV, which had been on the ground in Tehran for several days, took off shortly before the announcement.
After a stop in Oman and medical tests, the three will be flown to Belgium’s military airport in Melsbroek, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said.