Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe

This case is deeply troubling and it goes without saying that we all want Nazanin home as soon as possible.  It is absolutely heartbreaking.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working on behalf of all dual nationals detained in Iran and is doing everything it can in each of their cases, including trying to secure access to them and ensure their welfare. This is particularly challenging because the Iranian Government does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not accept the UK Government’s request for consular access.

I know that the Government has regularly raised Nazanin’s case at the highest levels within the Iranian Government. Indeed, the Prime Minister herself raised her concerns directly with President Rouhani of Iran at the fringes of the UN Security Council meeting at the end of September.

The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also raised this and other consular cases with his Iranian counterpart then, and more recently when he visited Iran this November, with the clear message that putting innocent people in prison cannot and must not be used as a tool for diplomatic leverage.  Jeremy Hunt also took time to meet Gabriella, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s daughter while he was in Iran, and I understand the family were very touched by his visit.

As Jeremy Hunt has made clear, for the sake of common humanity, it is time to let Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe come home and I absolutely support him in his efforts.  I know that is what the Government is focused on achieving.