New Secretary of State Liz Truss vowed to press for the immediate release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during talks with Iran in New York.
Ms. Truss is scheduled to meet her Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, after postponing their meeting earlier this week.
The foreign secretary said she would be “stubborn” and “proactive” in her approach to securing the release of British-Iranian detainees.
She said, “I have already spoken to the families of detainees in Iran.
“It is completely unacceptable that they are being held there and I will be very proactive in pressing for their release.”
When asked what she would say to the Iranians, she said she would push for the “immediate release” of Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Mrs. Zaghari Ratcliffe He is one of several British dual nationals currently held in Iran.
She was arrested in Tehran in 2016 while taking her daughter Gabrielle to see her family and detained on spying charges – allegations that have been widely refuted.
However, her husband – Richard Ratcliffe – He told Sky News on Monday He is “not completely confident” that a breakthrough in his case will occur.
He made a 10-minute phone call to Ms. Truss and said his wife’s case should be a top priority as the government tackles hostage-taking face to face.
Mr. Ratcliffe told Kay Burley that his wife felt “more reassured” after his call, but thought he had more time to reveal.
He said, “There were a lot of foreign ministers who met with the Iranians, and there were a lot of negotiations, especially last year.”
I spoke with the former foreign minister [Dominic Raab] A month ago he said “Look, we got really close but we didn’t cross the line.”
I think there has been a change of leadership in Iran as well.
“We have to see where things are and whether things are kind of where they were, in which case that can be very encouraging, or whether they have fallen back a lot.”
Secretary of State James Cleverly told LBC the day before that he believed Ms Truss would bring “energy” to the negotiations.
Ms. Truss is also expected to discuss the cases of detainees Anousheh Ashouri and Morad Tahbaz, and will also call on the country to respect its nuclear commitments.
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