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Johnson in ‘frank’ talks in Iran on jailed Briton

December 8, 2017

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Media captionNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Husband doesn’t expect immediate release

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Iranian counterpart have spoken “frankly” in Tehran about jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

He met Mohammed Javad Zarif to urge her freeing on humanitarian grounds, along with other dual nationals held in Iran.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Tehran since April 2016, after being accused of spying, a charge she denies.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, spoke of his “hopes and fears”, telling the BBC “it could go any which way”.

Image copyrightNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since April 2016

In what was described as “a useful meeting”, Mr Johnson and the Iranian foreign minister talked for two hours in Tehran on a range of subjects including the nuclear deal, as well “obstacles in their relationship”.