Lords questions the government’s response to Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention

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House of Lords members questioned the government’s response to Iran’s continued detention of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe today.

The urgent question was put forward by Labor peer Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, who asked: “Can the minister use his undoubted influence over the prime minister to get him to take over now, his top priority to solve this problem, to get his release. of Nazanin and returned home to her husband and daughter because it is the prime minister’s moral duty to do so? ».

Much of the debate has centered on whether Britain owed Iran. Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the Commonwealth and the Office for Development, defended the government’s decision not to pay this, saying: “The UK will not and will never accept that our citizens. with dual citizenship are used as diplomatic leverage “.

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