Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed on Thursday UK media reports linking the debt the United Kingdom owed to Iran for a canceled 1976 arms deal with the case of imprisoned UK-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, The Telegraph newspaper reported that the United Kingdom was preparing to transfer over 400 million pounds to Iran to secure Tehran’s “goodwill” following the UK foreign secretary’s vows to do his utmost to release Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“The payment of the debt by the British government to Iran has nothing to do with Nazanin Zaghari’s case,” Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qassemi told the ISNA news agency, adding that it was “absolutely wrong” to link these two topics.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been under arrest in Iran since April 2016 over allegedly plotting against the government. In September, she was sentenced to five years in prison.