TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran says that Oman thanked the Iranian government for “delivering” to Muscat a detained 85-year-old Iranian-American who had been cleared to leave the country for medical treatment. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday on its website that Oman’s top diplomat called his Iranian counterpart to express appreciation for Tehran’s decision to hand over Baquer Namazi, a retired U.N. children’s agency official, as a “humanitarian gesture.” Oman has frequently served as a neutral mediator between Iran and the West. It remained unclear whether Namazi, who was detained in Tehran in 2016, had actually left Iran. Earlier this week, the U.N. announced that Tehran had agreed to lift Namazi’s travel ban so he could receive medical treatment abroad.
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