Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 19th November 2021.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings she has had with foreign counterparts on the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe since her appointment.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Iran's decision to proceed with these baseless further charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an appalling continuation of the cruel ordeal she is going through. Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison Iran must release her permanently so she can return home. I have discussed Nazanin's ordeal, alongside that of Anoosheh Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on 8 November as did Minister Cleverly with Deputy Foreign Minister Bagheri Kani, 11 November. I have spoken to Nazanin twice since taking up this role and met her family most recently on 28 October to reiterate my commitment to securing her release. In addition, I hold regular meetings with officials to direct activity across the FCDO to secure her release. We will not stop working until those dual British nationals being unfairly detained by Iran are released.

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