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UK foreign secretary lobbies Iran again over Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has again lobbied Iran over the case of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, according to Sky News.

The Foreign Secretary met with Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of an international summit on Thursday.

Posting on Twitter after the meeting, Mr Johnson revealed he had "raised all our Iranian dual-national consular cases" during the pair's talks.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian national, has been imprisoned in Tehran since being arrested in April 2016 as she attempted to return to the UK after visiting family.

Last month, Mr Johnson travelled to Iran to discuss the 39-year-old's case with Mr Zarif.

It followed outrage at the Foreign Secretary's mistaken claim Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists in Iran prior to her arrest, which sparked fears the mother-of-one could face a longer jail sentence.

Mr Johnson was forced to apologise for the gaffe.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, recently suggested his wife is "close" to returning home - after she was made eligible for early release - but saw his hopes of her leaving jail in time for Christmas dashed.