Friday, October 7, 2022

MP Stephen Metcalfe asks question on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

SOUTH Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question regarding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Mr Metcalfe said: “As my right hon. Friend will know, in 2019, the Foreign Secretary visited Iran, where he raised the case of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe with Foreign Minister Zarif. Since then, what other discussions has the Foreign Secretary had with the Minister to try to resolve this and is any progress being made in each of these communications?

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

As I have said, we engage regularly at the most senior levels with the Iranian Government. We had diplomatic engagement to secure Nazanin’s initial furlough and the removal of the ankle tag. Our ambassador visited Nazanin at her home last week.

“We raise the case regularly; the Prime Minister raised it in his recent call with President Rouhani and the Foreign Secretary did so in his call to Foreign Minister Zarif.

“The British ambassador to Tehran has formally protested Nazanin’s continued confinement. We will raise this on every occasion where we have an opportunity to speak with the Iranian regime.

“We will continue to push this until all our British dual nationals are released and allowed to return home”.

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