Will the Iran-US prisoner swap lead to better relations?

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A rare deal came through between Iran and the US on September 18 that could potentially pave the way for further de-escalation in the historically tense bilateral ties. In a series of events that resembled a Hollywood kidnapping blockbuster, five Americans detainees (with dual US-Iranian nationalities) held in Iran for years were flown out of the country and repatriated after Tehran confirmed the release of its $6bn frozen by the US in South Korea. Qatar was the mediator role in this drama, hosting the American detainees in a stopover before their flight to the US and home, as well as accommod…

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