Boris Johnson meets Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and household in Downing Avenue


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Richard Ratcliffe has warned the federal government that there are “classes to be discovered” from his spouse Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s six-year captivity in Iran after she and her household met with Boris Johnson this afternoon.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was launched in March after the UK agreed to settle a £400m debt with Tehran relationship from 1979, was accompanied to the assembly in Downing Avenue by her husband Richard and their daughter Gabriella.

Different International Workplace officers had been additionally current on the assembly, which was the primary Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had with the PM since her return to the UK.

Talking in Downing Avenue after the assembly, Mr Ratcliffe informed broadcasters: “It was two years in the past that I stood right here having seen the prime minister and I got here out pretty forlorn, within the sense that we had been having to battle for longer.

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“I stand right here now with the battle over for us.

“I believe there are classes to study, there’s a wider drawback.

“We talked in regards to the errors made on the finish. It was tough on the finish, and I believe, when Nazanin is able to discuss it, that’s one thing that we have to undergo.

“However no, I believe, it isn’t like when that is over that you just really feel offended. Reduction is what I truthfully really feel.”

Mr Ratcliffe added: “I do not assume it was an abrasive assembly.”

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s constituency MP, additionally attended the assembly with the household.

Talking afterwards, Ms Siddiq stated Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe informed Mr Johnson she feels “responsible” that she is again in Britain when others stay within the “identical circumstances that she went by” in Iranian prisons.

“We raised Morad Tahbaz and in addition raised the case of a person who’s on demise row who’s from Sweden, as a result of the prime minister has simply come again from Sweden, and we stated that the strain must be stored up,” the Labour MP stated.

“Nazanin stored making the purpose that individuals who went in fairly quickly across the time that she went in, they aren’t house but and she or he is house and she or he feels very responsible about that.

“She needs them to be again as properly and she will be able to’t sit right here and luxuriate in her life figuring out there are folks going by the identical circumstances that she went by.

“And she or he talked a bit about what she went by when she was really in jail and it was fairly troublesome to listen to really.

“It isn’t like I do not know the small print however to listen to it once more fairly within the method she was laying it out was fairly troublesome to listen to.”

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is reunited with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella in the UK
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was reunited along with her household in March

Ms Siddiq added that the PM appeared “fairly shocked” when Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe informed him she had lived within the “shadow of his phrases” for “one of the best a part of four-and-a-half years”.

Forward of the assembly, the PM’s spokesperson stated: “We have stated beforehand that the prime minister was open to assembly each Nazanin in addition to Mr (Anoosheh) Ashoori.

“It’s one thing now we have been making an attempt to rearrange. I’ve set out that he’s going to welcome her to Downing Avenue to debate her ordeal in Iran.”

The official stated the assembly was “one thing we have labored collectively on to make occur”.

In 2017, Mr Johnson erroneously knowledgeable MPs that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “educating folks journalism” earlier than her detainment by Iranian authorities.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s household and her employer have each maintained Mr Johnson’s feedback had been unfaithful.

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Richard Ratcliffe informed Sky Information that the PM did not apologise

Requested whether or not the PM could be apologising to Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the spokesman replied: “I believe it is very important keep in mind that it was the Iranian authorities who had been accountable for her unfair detention, and the choice to launch her was at all times of their present.

“Nonetheless, I’d level again to the prime minister’s phrases, his solutions to questions on this earlier than and he has beforehand apologised for his feedback in 2017.”

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Nazanin ‘haunted’ by imprisonment

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been essential of the failure of the International Workplace to safe her launch sooner.

In a news conference in March after her return to the UK, which noticed her reunited along with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella, the previous hostage stated “what occurred now ought to have occurred six years in the past”.

She stated: “I used to be informed many, many instances that ‘oh, we’ll get you house’. That by no means occurred.

“What number of overseas secretaries does it take to get somebody house? What occurred now ought to have occurred six years in the past.”

She added that the “that means of freedom isn’t going to be full” till Morad Tahbaz and other dual nationals who’ve been held in Iran are launched.

Former overseas secretary Jeremy Hunt defended Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she was criticised as being “ungrateful” following her launch.

Final month, chair of the International Affairs Committee and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat stated Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “proper to ask for solutions” as he launched a choose committee inquiry into the federal government’s dealing with of her six-year Iran hostage ordeal.

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