Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Understandably, constituents continue to contact me about the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family.
 
It is a desperately sad situation and I do empathise with her husband Richard doing all he can to keep her case in the public eye. I had close engagement with her case whilst serving as Minister for the Middle East until March this year.
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office works tirelessly for 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. This is particularly challenging because the Iranian Government does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not accept the UK Government's request for consular access. I know that the UK Government has also regularly raised Nazanin's case at the highest levels within the Iranian Government. Indeed, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, herself raised her concerns over the case with President Rouhani of Iran at the fringes of the UN Security Council meeting last year.

It is my belief that, for the sake of common humanity, it is time to let Nazanin come home, as I have consistently advocated, including very directly with Iranian authorities.  I know that is what the Foreign Secretary is focused on achieving.  However, whatever our efforts, it must be remembered that the UK Government is not the decisive factor in all this as it is Iran which detains her.