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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to address media for first time since leaving Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will face the media for the first time since her launch from Iran at a press convention on Monday.

The 43-year-old, who landed again in Britain on Thursday after the UK lastly agreed to settle a £400 million debt relationship again to the Nineteen Seventies, shall be joined by her husband, Richard, in making statements at Portcullis House at noon.

Ahead of the convention, the couple will attend a personal meeting with Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle, joined by their native MP, Tulip Siddiq, who lengthy campaigned for her return.

Ms Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, stated she was “emotional” meeting with the British-Iranian charity employee for the first time after six years of campaigning.

She instructed the PA information company it was “quite weird” when the pair met in her constituency on Sunday as a result of she had come to know Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s life “so intimately” from talking to her as she went via her ordeal, however the pair had by no means beforehand met in individual.

“We knew we were going to meet each other and she had called me to say that I was one of the first people she wanted to see”, Ms Siddiq stated.

“So she came to West Hampstead and we hugged each other for ages and we were both quite tearful and it was quite emotional meeting her.

“She knew so much about me and I knew so much about her and she did thank me profusely but I said to her ‘it wasn’t me, this was a shared victory and everyone here in this community campaigned for you and, obviously, full credit to Richard – he was the one who was relentless in his campaigning’.”

Nazanin along with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella (Family Handout/PA)

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Ms Siddiq stated Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “warm and motherly”, was “in every way, the way I imagined”, and talked of how she dreamt of doing easy issues corresponding to the varsity run and going to the park along with her daughter, Gabriella, seven, whereas in solitary confinement.

“Surreal, completely surreal,” she added.

Ms Siddiq started campaigning for her launch in April 2016 when Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband got here to her to ask for assist in securing his spouse’s return.

The MP turned a distinguished voice calling for extra to be completed to have Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe introduced again and supported Mr Ratcliffe as he campaigned.

Ms Siddiq was vocal throughout Mr Ratcliffe’s starvation strike exterior the Foreign Office in central London in October and November 2021 and has regularly put strain on the Government over the difficulty, elevating Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention within the House of Commons.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori arrive at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, after they was free of detention by Iranian authorities (Leon Neal/PA)

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She stated it was additionally the first time seeing Mr Ratcliffe reunited along with his spouse after years of being “defined by his solitary status”.

“It felt surreal because there he was, he wasn’t on his own, I cracked a joke with him, which was probably in poor taste but I’ve known him so long, I said ‘I see you’re not Billy no mates anymore’ and he was laughing because he knew exactly what I meant,” she stated.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed on safety fees after being detained in 2016 at Imam Khomeini Airport following a vacation go to to Iran, the place she launched her daughter to her mother and father.

Fellow British-Iranian Anoosheh Ashoori, 67, was returned dwelling on the identical time as Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

He was arrested in August 2017 whereas visiting his aged mom in Tehran.

He was detained in Evin Prison for virtually 5 years, having been accused of spying.

Both have persistently denied the allegations.

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