Aylesbury MP welcomes the release of British nationals from Iran

Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has welcomed the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Asoori from unlawful detention in Iran, and their return to the UK overnight.

Rob said:

“It is absolutely wonderful news that Nazanin and Anoosheh are now safely back in the UK and reunited with their families, after spending so much time illegally detained in Iran.

“For far too long, they and their loved ones have suffered unimaginable trauma. It was lovely to see the joy on the faces of Nazanin’s husband Richard and daughter Gabriella when they came to the House of Commons yesterday to hear the announcement that Nazanin was on her way home.

“Huge credit is due to the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, foreign officer minister James Cleverly, and the many diplomats who have tirelessly worked to secure the release of Nazanin, Anoosheh and release on furlough of Morad Tahbaz.

“It is right that the UK settled its long-standing debt to Iran, a sum which was lawfully owed. I was very reassured to hear from Liz Truss in response to my question in the House of Commons that this money will be used entirely for humanitarian purposes.”