AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei was interviewed about Implementation Day, the recent release of American sailors, and the prisoner swap between the US and Iran on PBS Newshour.
"This is a major breakthrough. It's a very good day for the Iranians and for the international community," Kiyaei said. "I hope that this nuclear deal, the prisoner exchange, and the swift release of the sailors is just one step toward opening up the relationship between the two countries on issues where they see eye-to-eye."
Asked if the personal relationship between State Secretary John Kerry and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif played a role in the developments, Kiyaei said, "If you look at the past two-and-a-half years, itwas not just intense negotiations. It was the first time that the US and Iran negotiated directly. You now have a direct channel and of course that helped in these cases. The release of the sailors within 24 hours would never have have happened so swiftly two-and-a-half years or even a year ago."