Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are offering Richard Ratcliffe, following the government of Iran's decision to cancel his scheduled telephone calls with his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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​The families of all of our dual national cases have regular contact with Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials, and the Foreign Secretary is personally engaged. Mr Ratcliffe has confirmed that telephone calls with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe continue, and have not been stopped. The treatment of all British-Iranians detained in Iran, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is a priority for the Government. We urgently raise these cases with the Iranian government at every opportunity. We will continue to raise Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case, as well as our other consular cases, with the Iranian government at every opportunity, including requesting consular access, and will continue to take action in line with what we believe will produce the best outcomes in their cases.

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