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Iran-Belgium prisoner swap arranged by Oman

Iran freed Belgian aid worker Olivier Vandecasteele in exchange for the release of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi from jail in Belgium, in a deal arranged by Oman. The two men first travelled to Muscat before heading on to their respective home countries.

Issue 1170 - 29 May 2023

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Oman's Sultan Haitham

A more confident Haitham returns Oman to its traditional role as regional mediator

Oman's Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said was unusually active in late May, making trips to Cairo and Tehran in quick succession, just as Egypt and Iran were edging towards a diplomatic rapprochement. Recent reports also suggest Oman may once again be acting as a mediator between Washington and Tehran.

Issue 1170 - 01 June 2023

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