Zaghari-Ratcliffe case: Iran to reject diplomatic protection proposal

UK plan to offer status to jailed British-Iranian woman fails to account for Tehran’s rejection of dual nationality, source says

Iran is poised to reject a UK proposition to grant Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection, a move advocated by her family to escalate her case from a consular issue to a state matter.

As Boris Johnson held a face-to-face meeting with the British-Iranian woman’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, on Wednesday, the first such meeting since the she was jailed in April 2016, Iran signalled it would not countenance such a step because it does not recognise dual nationality. Tehran, which treats Zaghari-Ratcliffe solely as an Iranian, has indicated any such move would trigger a severe reaction.

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