UK pressures Iranian MP for dual nationality detainees

Britain said on Thursday officials had pressured Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani to release dual-national detainees, including British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

British Foreign Ministry officials also told Bagheri Kani at a meeting in London that Iran should conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) nuclear deal under the terms that are on the table now, the Foreign Ministry said. Exteriors.

“The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister was also pressed on the need for Iran to urgently release all British citizens wrongly detained in Iran, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Anoosheh Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz,” said the Foreign, Commonwealth and Foreign Office. Development in a statement.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry was not immediately available for comment.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of conspiring to overthrow the clerical system.

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian humanitarian worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses with a photo of his wife during a second hunger strike, in front of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London, Britain, on October 25, 2021. (credit: HENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERS)

In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new jail term on propaganda charges against Iran’s system of government, just one month after he served a previous five-year sentence. That sentence has yet to start, although it has been upheld by an appeals court.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family and the foundation have denied the charges. The foundation is a charitable organization that operates independently of the Thomson Reuters media company and its Reuters news subsidiary.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, is on a hunger strike to highlight her case. He met with the British Minister for the Middle East, James Cleverly, on Thursday.

“To be honest, quite a depressing meeting,” Ratcliffe told reporters after leaving the Foreign Ministry, adding that Cleverly told him the meeting with Bagheri Kani had been cordial.

“(Cunningly) I couldn’t give a timeline of when things were going to move forward.”

The FCDO said Cleverly had reaffirmed the government’s commitment to reunite Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her family in the UK.

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