John­son makes be­lated apol­ogy to Zaghari-Rat­cliffe

The Guardian Weekly - - UK News -

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.

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