The former prisoners were part of a rare prisoner exchange that included 5 freed Iranians and the unfreezing of $6 billion in funds
Two of the freed Iranian prisoners also arrived in Qatar earlier, while three others who were living in the U.S. were released
The U.S. designated Whelan as 'wrongfully detained' and tried to broker his release as part of the prisoner swap with Moscow together with Brittney Griner
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran views the exchange of prisoners as a 'humanitarian action'
'This is a false message from a rogue state that specializes in making false statements... to manipulate and confuse an innocent compatriot and his family'
'Our deep desire is that these releases provide momentum for a broader political solution'
'If everything goes well on the U.S. side, I think we will witness a prisoner exchange in a short period'
Erdogan assures Putin that his country is ready to play the role of a mediator to establish a 'lasting peace' between Russia and Ukraine
Olivier Vandecasteele guilty of spying on Iran, conspiring with U.S. against Islamic Republic, money laundering
The released U.S. citizen named Suedi Murekezi, reportedly born in Rwanda before moving to the United States