Britain confirms release of two double nationals detained in Iran

At the same time, the minister announced that the British government had settled a debt of about £400 million (476 million euros) with Tehran.

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They should be reunited with their loved ones in the next few hours. The British government on Wednesday 16 March confirmed the release of two Iranian-British dual nationals who were detained in Iran, emphasizing that they will return to the United Kingdom during the day. “I can confirm that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anushey Ashuri will return to the UK today” And “They will be reunited with their families later today”said Liz Truss, head of diplomacy at Twitter.

At the same time, the minister announced that the British government had settled a debt of about £400 million (476 million euros) with Tehran, dating from the time of the Shah of Iran. However, the settlement of this debt”In full respect of UK and international sanctions”The release of the two prisoners was not presented as being directly linked. “This money will be reserved only for the purchase of humanitarian goods”said the head of diplomacy.

She also said London would continue to work for the departure from Iran of Morad Tehbaz, an Iranian-American who also has British nationality, who has benefited from the conditional release.

Meanwhile, Iran and the United Kingdom are negotiating a new Iranian nuclear deal with Russia, China, the United States, Germany, France and the rest of the world in Vienna. ‘The European Union. France called on all parties to accept the draft text currently on the table. “There is a significant urgency to conclude”Paris urged Tehran to move closer to nuclear weapons capability.

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