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The United States said on Friday that Iran’s foreign Minister to visit the country’s ailing U. N. Ambassador in a New York hospital when his country agreed to release an American prisoner in exchange.

Mohammad Javad Zarif is in New York for the annual U. N. gathering of world leaders, but the Trump administration has strictly sanctioned, where in New York City Zarif allowed to travel. Zarif to visit in the hope that U. N. Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi, as he is treated for cancer, requested permission from the State Department, U. N. diplomats said.

“Iran has been taken to the wrong festival, the State Department said several U.S. citizens for years, the pain of their families and friends who visit you can be free”. “We have been to the Iranian Mission, the travel request will be granted if Iran dismisses U.S. citizens.”

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that it is America’s turn to release an Iranian citizen.

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In July, the US strict travel sanctions against Zarif before a visit to the U. N. — and Iranian diplomats in the United States Treasury Department, statement, life, Zarif said to have been sanctioned, because he “implements the ruthless agenda of Iran’s Supreme leader and the regime is the primary speaker throughout the world.”

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On Thursday, President Rouhani said in a press conference that Tehran is open to discuss prisoner swaps, but it was Washington on the series, because Iran had released a prisoner named Nizar Zakka in June. However, the United States deported an Iranian woman, who pleaded guilty to exporting restricted U.S. technology to Iran on Tuesday. During a visit to New York in April, Zarif mentioned, had expressly, in your case, when it comes to prisoner swaps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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