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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 72353, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s strategy to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe.

Answered on

19 November 2021

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.