Johnson makes belated apology to Zaghari-Ratcliffe
The foreign secretary Boris Johnson belatedly apologised on Monday for wrongly saying Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, a British woman held in jail in Iran, had been in Tehran to train journalists. In parliament, Johnson admitted his words to the Commons foreign affairs committee “could and should” have been clearer. He said he apologised to Zaghari-Ratcliffe if his words had caused her anguish.
Earlier, Richard Ratcliffe wrote to the government asking for ministers to be reminded his wife was in the country on holiday at the time of her arrest. His move came after Michael Gove, the environment secretary, said in a BBC television interview last Sunday that he did not know why she was there, comments that were seen as offering political support to Johnson.
Johnson’s comments could yet potentially lead to Zaghari-Ratcliffe being detained for longer in Iran and have prompted calls for him to resign.