WASHINGTON On a trip to Iran a decade ago, former Rep. Jim Slattery exchanged a Rock Chalk, Jayhawk cheer with an Iranian official who had attended the University of Kansas and remembered Slatterys time as a Democratic congressman from the state.
Slattery struck up a friendship with Majid Takht-Ravanchi, now Irans ambassador to the United Nations, based on their Kansas ties.
This relationship and others Slattery has built with Iranian officials in the years since he left Congress played a role in brokering an international prisoner swap this month between the U.S. and Iran after decades of hostility.
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