Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Britain and Iran negotiate debts but “have no connection” with the British prisoner case

  • Francesca Gillette
  • BBC News

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Interest in Nazanin was renewed after she was sentenced to an additional year in prison following the end of her first sentence.

The British government and its Iranian counterpart have entered into discussions about a £ 400 million debt owed to the United Kingdom to Iran, according to the statements of the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs James Cleverley, who said that these discussions are not related to the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran.

The United Kingdom owes Iran these funds due to the British failure to deliver tanks to Iran that had been agreed to be delivered in the 1970s.

The British citizen of Iranian descent, Nazanin, who is imprisoned in Iran, believes that her detention came as a means of pressure on Britain to repay the debt.

“There are two completely separate issues,” said Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister.

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