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An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on charges of spying have been released, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Saturday.

The couple was arrested in July after they were alleged to have used a drone to take pictures of "military sites and forbidden areas", an Iranian judiciary spokesman said last month.

Following "very sensitive negotiations" with Tehran, the couple has been released, Payne said on Saturday.

"They are being returned to Australia and they will be reunited with their family," she told reporters in Sydney.

But negotiations over the fate of Melbourne University Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a third Australian accused of "spying for another country", were ongoing, Payne said.


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