Jun 4, 2019, 7:35 PM
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Iran pardons Lebanese detainee: Beirut

Beirut, June 4, IRNA – Lebanon's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that Iranian authorities have agreed to a request by Lebanese President Michel Aoun on freedom of a citizen of the country arrested and imprisoned in Iran.

Following long, intensive negotiations, Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia announced that Iranian officials have accepted the Lebanese president's request from his Iranian counterpart on the freedom of Nazar Zaka, reported Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) quoting the statement.


In a phone call with Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the ambassador has said that Tehran is ready to repatriate the Lebanese detainee at any time.


According to the report, Iran has pardoned Zaka on occasion of Muslims' Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of holy month of Ramadan.


The Foreign Ministry's statement added that Beirut appreciated the move as step toward strengthening the bilateral relations between Iran and Lebanon.


Nazar Zaka, the US based Lebanese national, was arrested in Iran in 2015 on charges of espionage. He was sentenced to 10 years and paying 4.5 million dollars.


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