UK PM May meets Iran’s Rouhani, intends to lobby for detained aid worker’s release

UK PM May meets Iran’s Rouhani, intends to lobby for detained aid worker’s release

UK PM May meets Iran’s Rouhani, intends to lobby for detained aid worker’s release

Written by Reuters

26 Sep, 2018 | 11:57 am

Reuters: British Prime Minister Theresa May held a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (September 25), during which she reportedly intended to lobby for detained British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

A senior British official said that the meeting with Rouhani would discuss consular cases, including that of Zaghari-Ratcliffe who has been sentenced to five years in jail in Iran.

Britain is seeking the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation who was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit.

She was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment, a charge denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity organisation that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News.

May held separate meetings with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

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