British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to visit Iran

British Foreign Secretary Johnson to travel to Iran this weekend - Guardian newspaper

THE foreign secretary is travelling to Iran this weekend and is expected to try and secure the release of British mother jailed on spying charges.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. Johnson's two-day trip - his first to Iran - will include talks with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and is aimed at improving ties between Britain and Iran.

The British-Iranian mother has been imprisoned in the country's capital, Tehran, for nearly two years after being arrested during a family holiday.

Mr Johnson's Tehran trip will see him raising the cases of other dual nationals being held in Iran.

Relations with Iran have been strained in recent years, despite the reopening of the United Kingdom embassy in Tehran in 2015, but London has detected possible signs of greater openness to dialogue in recent months.

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The child has been living with her maternal grandparents in Iran for the last 20 months.

His young daughter also remains in the country.

The cash has already been deposited in a court for payment, and it is understood that work is under way to find a sanctions-compliant method for handing it over.

However, a swift resolution to the saga is unlikely, namely because Iran has refused to recognise Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's British citizenship and is treating her as an Iranian.

During the visit he will meet with senior figures in all three countries to discuss a range of issues, including the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and how to bring an end to the conflict in Yemen, a spokeswoman added.

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