British prime minister Boris Johnson has called for the immediate release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals imprisoned in Iran during a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in New York, a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.
Johnson also “raised our deep concern about Iran’s destabilising activity in the region, including the attacks on the Aramco oil facilities, and insisted this must stop,” the spokesperson said. He stressed support for the Iran nuclear deal and the need for dialogue, “including on a comprehensive successor deal.”
Sky News reported that Johnson had invited Rouhani to visit Britain.
Johnson urged Rouhani to make “progress” in securing the release of dual nationals held in Iran during the meeting on Tuesday night in New York.
Johnson said that previous conversations between the two leaders had been “productive but so far inconclusive and I think we still have a lot of progress to make.”
Britain is trying to secure the release of UK-Iranian Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned in Tehran for more than three years.
Johnson is accused by some of worsening her situation by incorrectly saying when he was Britain’s foreign minister that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was training journalists in Iran.
The two leaders met after Britain, France and Germany blamed Iran for this month’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.