Political Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th November 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on the unconditional release of UK citizens detained as political prisoners overseas of paying to the Government of Iran funds relating to the purchase of Chieftain tanks through International Military Services.

Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he discussed with his Iranian counterpart the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in relation to the payment to the Government of Iran funds relating to the purchase of Chieftain tanks through International Military Services.

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)

We remain deeply concerned about all our dual nationals detained in Iran, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. We raise these cases with the Iranian government at every opportunity, including during the Foreign Secretary's visit to Tehran on 20 November. We will continue to take action in line with what we believe will produce the best outcomes in their cases. The UK is clear that there is no link between bilateral issues and our consular cases, nor should there be.

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