Statement from Tulip Siddiq MP on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – Foreign Secretary must retract his comments

November 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm / by

Free Nazanin Boris Comments

Tulip Siddiq MP said:

“The Foreign Secretary must immediately retract his comments to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee regarding my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

In Nazanin’s case, words have power.

The Government are aware of this, as for the last 19 months they have refused to call for Nazanin’s release from her Iranian prison cell.

By suggesting Nazanin was in Iran ‘teaching people journalism’, Boris Johnson has endangered the cause to secure her release. His comments were both untrue and unhelpful to her case.

In her 18 months of arbitrary detention in Iran, the Foreign Secretary has yet to visit Nazanin or her family in Tehran. He has also failed to meet with her husband Richard, who has been separated from his wife and their daughter for more than a year and a half.

I urge the Foreign Secretary to formally retract his comments, and to stick to his word and take the opportunity to visit Nazanin in Iran at the earliest possible opportunity.”