Kamal Foroughi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the UK Ambassador to Iran has had discussions with the Iranian Government on Kamal Foroughi since his appointment; and what recent progress has been made on securing his release.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Our Ambassador in Tehran raises the cases of our British/Iranian dual national detainees, including Mr Kamal Foroughi, at every opportunity as part of his regular discussions with the Iranian Government. This happened most recently on 30 August. I also raised the cases of our dual national detainees with the Iranian Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister when I visited Tehran on 5 August. While Iran does not recognise dual nationality and regards them as Iranian, we consider them British and will continue to raise these cases and request consular access.

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