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Talks with Iran to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘steep to the wire’, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has said negotiations with Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe are “going all the way” in hopes she can finally be freed.

The prime minister expressed hope that the six-year ordeal of dual nationality could end after the mother of one had her passport returned.

But Mr Johnson, during a trip to the Middle East, refrained from giving more details on the state of negotiations with Tehran because the talks are ongoing.

A glimmer of optimism for the 43-year-old appeared on Tuesday when her constituency MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq, said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had her UK passport back.

A UK negotiating team is currently working in Tehran to secure the dual nationals’ release, while Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains at her family home in the Iranian capital.

Speaking to broadcasters at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said: “I shouldn’t really say much more at this time just because these negotiations continue to be ongoing and we will until the end.”

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe “angry at the theft of his life”

Last month, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told how the mother was filled with “anger at the theft of her life”.

He said his wife feared being a ‘bargaining stone’ in the ongoing nuclear talks and angry at the government’s ‘lack of urgency’ to send her back to the UK.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain has the whole story:

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 10:27 a.m.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe now at Tehran airport, says Tulip Siddiq

MP Tulip Siddiq said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was now at an airport in Tehran and “on his way home”.

The Labor MP for Hampstead and Kilburn tweeted a few moments ago: “Nazanin is at Tehran airport and on his way home.

“I came into politics to make a difference, and right now I feel like I do.

“More details to follow.”

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 10:18 a.m.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe heads to Tehran airport to leave the country

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is heading to an airport to leave Iran with another detained Briton, Anousheh Ashouri, according to their lawyer.

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Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 10:15 a.m.

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UK team in Tehran working to free British-Iranian nationals, says foreign secretary

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said a British team in Tehran was working to free British-Iranian nationals in Iran, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Speaking to Sky News, Ms Truss said: “We’ve had discussions.

“I met my counterpart, the Iranian foreign minister, in September – we have been in regular contact ever since.

“We have a team in Tehran, but there is absolutely nothing else I can say at this stage.”

Ms Truss said the UK was working “very hard” to “secure the release of Nazanin” and other dual nationals.

The minister said it was also ‘a priority to pay the debt we owe Iran’ – a reference to the remaining £400million linked to a canceled order for 1,500 Chieftain tanks from the 1970s – but stressed that she couldn’t say more.

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 10:05 a.m.

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‘Scare tactics’ used during interrogations in Iran, MP says

Tulip Siddiq said there were “scare tactics” when Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was questioned in Iran over the weekend.

The Labor MP told Sky News: “She was questioned and there was a long discussion. From what I can understand scare tactics were used about her family and threats against her family, but she wasn’t quite sure what they were getting at until they gave her her passport – her British passport.”

She said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “astonished” to get her passport back.

Ms Siddiq added: “She is currently under a travel ban but the fact that they have returned her UK passport means there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 9:50 a.m.

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UK-Iran talks could ‘just be a set-up by the Iranians’, says sister-in-law

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s sister-in-law, Rebecca Ratcliffe, said the family were trying not to raise their hopes too high, having had disappointments in the past.

She told BBC Breakfast: “We know there’s a delegation, a British delegation, who have been there to talk to Iranian officials and hopefully negotiate, so that seems like a very positive in the case of Nazanin, and I hope it is coming to an end, but we don’t know how far he has gone.”

She said the matter could end very quickly or could be “a set-up” by Iran.

She said: “It might all be over in a week or two. But it might also be just a stunt from the Iranians. We’ve had that before. You know, we’ve had many ups for the past six years and we’ve been told she’s about to be released, so there’s an element of false hope and I think our family, Nazanin, her parents, are struggling to be too excited right now.

She indicated that the development of the case, whether good or bad, “leads (Nazanin) into a state of high anxiety, adding: “So since Sunday, neither Nazanin nor his parents can settle down. I think there’s a lot of contractions in this apartment, some kind of high tension and I’m just waiting to see what happens.”

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 9:35 a.m.

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Video: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release is a ‘high priority’, says Liz Truss

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was a “high priority”.

Hear his comments in full in the video below:

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release is a ‘high priority’, says Liz Truss

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 9:20 a.m.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told not to book flight after being summoned for questioning, MP says

Tulip Siddiq said that although Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe got her passport back, she was told not to book a flight.

The MP, who said the detained mother was called in for questioning by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Intelligence Ministry over the weekend, told Times Radio: ‘They told her ‘don’t book a flight “, but it seems that because there is a British negotiating team in Iran, something has been advanced, and if she is flown out of the country, it will be organized by the government.

“She can’t actually book a flight and leave on her own.”

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 9:10 a.m.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘eagerly waiting for her bags to be packed’, says MP

Tulip Siddiq said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “anxiously waiting at home (in Iran) for the knock on the door, with her suitcases ready.”

The Labor MP told LBC: “I speak regularly to her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who as you know campaigns tirelessly on her behalf.

“And he told me that former prisoners from Evin prison in Tehran have gone to a third country, usually maybe Oman, or some other country, where a prisoner is handed over and then goes to the country of origin, be it Britain, Australia or America.

“So I think he expects his wife to probably be put back in another country and eventually go to the UK. What I can’t tell you is if this will be tomorrow or at the end of the week, or who knows?”

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 09:00

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Release hopes grow as UK-Iran talks ‘go to the wire’

Boris Johnson has said negotiations with Iran to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe are “going all the way”.

The prime minister expressed hope that the six-year ordeal of dual nationality could end after the mother of one had her passport returned.

But Mr Johnson, during a trip to the Middle East today, refrained from giving further details on the status of negotiations with Tehran as the talks are ongoing.

Katy Clifton has more details:

Chiara GiordanoMarch 16, 2022 08:50

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