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Johnson to raise jailed Briton's case in Iran

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Boris Johnson giving a lecture at a Chatham House event © PA Boris Johnson giving a lecture at a Chatham House event

Boris Johnson will raise the case of a British mother jailed in Iran when he travels to the country this weekend - his first trip there as Foreign Secretary.

The dual British Iranian national from north London was sentenced to five years in prison in the country in 2016 over allegations of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, charges she denies.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a family holiday, a trip in which the 38-year-old was showing her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents.

She is due to face fresh charges of "spreading propaganda" during a court appearance on Sunday.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family © Other Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family

Mr Johnson has been under intense pressure to act to secure Ms Zaghari Ratcliffe's release.

The Foreign Secretary was widely criticised after incorrectly telling a parliamentary committee that she had been training journalists in Iran, later acknowledging that this was not the case.

It will be the first visit by a British foreign secretary since 2015 and only the third since 2003.

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Sky's Diplomatic Editor Dominic Waghorn said the visit has been planned for "some time" as part of a bid by London and Tehran to improve relations.

Mr Johnson will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during the trip.

As well as the case of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Iran's nuclear deal with the West is also expected to be on the agenda, an agreement that US President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap.

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