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Foreign Secretary forced to retract comments over Fleet mum's jail term

Boris Johnson has admitted he "could have been clearer" in his comments about British woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and was "sorry" if his remarks were misconstrued.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in an Iranian prison last year after being accused of trying to overthrow the government through her work with BBC and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Her family are insistent she was in Iran on holiday visiting family.

But comments by Boris Johnston to a committee about her training journalists in Iran have reportedly been used by the authorities in Iran to justify extending her jail sentence.

The Foreign Secretary has today been forced to call his counterpart in Iran and clarify his comments in the House of Commons.

The UK Government has no doubt that she was on holiday in Iran and that was the sole purpose of her visit. My point was that I disagreed with the Iranian view that training journalists was a crime, not that I wanted to lend any credence to Iranian allegations that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been engaged in such activity.

– Boris Johnson

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