FILE – In this file picture dated Friday, Oct. 27 2017, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gestures throughout a joint information convention with Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva following their badembly on the Necessidades palace, the Portuguese international ministry, in Lisbon. Johnson and Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of British girl Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who stays imprisoned in Iran, spoke by cellphone Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, however didn’t launch particulars of the dialog. (Armando Franca, FILE/Associated Press)
By Associated Press By Associated Press November 12 at 9:46 AM
LONDON — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke Sunday to the husband of a British girl imprisoned in Iran as strain mounted on the Conservative authorities to step up efforts to free her.
The Foreign Office confirmed that Johnson and Richard Ratcliffe spoke by cellphone, however didn’t elaborate additional.
Ratcliffe has beforehand urged Johnson to journey to Tehran to press for the discharge of his spouse, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a twin British-Iranian citizen in her 30s, is serving a five-year sentence for plotting the “soft toppling” of Iran’s authorities.
Earlier this month, Johnson advised lawmakers that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “teaching people journalism” when she was detained final 12 months. Her household and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, insist she is harmless, and was on trip taking her toddler daughter to fulfill kin in Iran.
Johnson later apologized for his remark, however Iran’s state broadcaster mentioned it was an implicit act of contrition.
On Sunday, British Environment Secretary Michael Gove mentioned “I don’t know” when requested what Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran.
Family and badociates say the confusion has put Zaghari-Ratcliffe liable to an extended jail sentence.
Johnson’s blunder has triggered requires his resignation.
Jeremy Corbyn, chief of the opposition Labour Party, mentioned Prime Minister Theresa May ought to hearth Johnson for “embarrbading and undermining our country with his incompetence and colonial throwback views and putting our citizens at risk.”
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