Mark questions Foreign Secretary about British nationals held in Iran

26th July 2017

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the prison conditions of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi.

Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

The Foreign Secretary raised the cases of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi when he last met his Iranian counterpart in February. I raised this matter with Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Ravanchi on 21 June and in my meeting with the Iranian Ambassador on 6 July.

We have repeatedly requested consular access so that we may be assured of the detainees' welfare and their access to any appropriate medical treatment, however, Iran does not recognise dual nationality and therefore does not grant us consular access. Nevertheless we shall continue to lobby the Iranian authorities about these cases at the highest levels at every opportunity.

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