Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson to meet husband

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    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter GabriellaImage copyright AFP/Getty Images
    Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been visiting Iran with her daughter Gabriella when she was arrested

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet the husband of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran later.

    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Tehran since April 2016 after being accused of spying – charges she denies.

    The meeting comes after the foreign secretary said during a Commons committee hearing she was there to train journalists – which could lead to her five-year jail term being doubled.

    Her family have always maintained she was on holiday with her daughter.

    Mr Johnson has apologised for the “distress” and “suffering” he had caused with the comments he made at the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 1 November, and retracted “any suggestion she was there in a professional capacity”.

    Some critics called for Mr Johnson to resign, but Richard Ratcliffe said it would not be in his wife’s interests.

    A Foreign Office statement said the pair will meet to discuss Mr Ratcliffe’s request to give his wife “diplomatic protection” – which, under international law, allows a state to take diplomatic action on behalf of a national.

    Earlier this week, Downing Street said it was “one of the options” being considered in the case.

    They will also talk about a possible joint trip to Iran before the end of the year and the health of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is said to have found lumps in her breasts.

    Consular officials will be at the meeting, along with Middle East minister Alistair Burt, who has already met Mr Ratcliffe and visited Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family in Tehran.

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    Media captionNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband tells Today he doesn’t think Boris Johnson should resign

    Mr Ratcliffe welcomed the opportunity to meet Mr Johnson in person, having only spoken to him over the phone.

    In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday, he said: “I think the best chance Nazanin has of coming home this side of Christmas is all of the weight of the Foreign Office and the foreign secretary being focused on doing that.”

    A statement from the Foreign Office said that Mr Johnson had “made it clear that no stone should be left unturned” in securing the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41992068

    “The Foreign Office remains very concerned about all our dual nationals detained in Iran and is doing everything it can in each of their cases, including trying to secure access to them and ensure their welfare,” it added.

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