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Iran offers prisoner exchange that could see detained charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe liberated

Speaking at an Asian community event in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif said he was empowered to launch a comprehensive exchange, involving prisoners in Iran and those held by the United States or third countries. In response to a question from the audience, Iran's highest diplomat opposed the case of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker arrested in April 2016, in the event of an Iranian said he was imprisoned in Australia. "We have an Iranian woman in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison … on a United States extradition request because she was responsible as a translator in a … purchase transaction … of any transfer equipment for the Iranian broadcaster, that is her accusation, said the minister. "Now we hear about Nazanin Zaghari and her children, and I am sorry for them, and I have done my best to help, but no one is talking about this lady in Australia, said Zarif. CNN has reached out to the Australian authorities to confirm both the prison status and the possibility of such a change. United Kingdom's Foreign Ministry told British media Wednesday that British nationals who were detained abroad were a priority and their difficulties were "raised at every level and every opportunity". Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe said he was cautiously optimistic about the offer but maintained a level of skepticism. "Normally, my opinion with Iran is nothing flippant, so it will have a meaning, but it may not be the obvious meaning," he said according to the…

Speaking at an Asian community event in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif said he was empowered to launch a comprehensive exchange, involving prisoners in Iran and those held by the United States or third countries.

In response to a question from the audience, Iran’s highest diplomat opposed the case of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker arrested in April 2016, in the event of an Iranian said he was imprisoned in Australia.

“We have an Iranian woman in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison … on a United States extradition request because she was responsible as a translator in a … purchase transaction … of any transfer equipment for the Iranian broadcaster, that is her accusation, said the minister.

“Now we hear about Nazanin Zaghari and her children, and I am sorry for them, and I have done my best to help, but no one is talking about this lady in Australia, said Zarif.

CNN has reached out to the Australian authorities to confirm both the prison status and the possibility of such a change.

United Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry told British media Wednesday that British nationals who were detained abroad were a priority and their difficulties were “raised at every level and every opportunity”.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard Ratcliffe said he was cautiously optimistic about the offer but maintained a level of skepticism.

“Normally, my opinion with Iran is nothing flippant, so it will have a meaning, but it may not be the obvious meaning,” he said according to the BBC.

Broad offer

Zarif said several people were imprisoned in the United States, or in allied nations, on so-called “phoney” fees. He suggested that they be traded for prisoners in Iran as the US and Allies believe are being held on false charges.

“So what can I do as a foreign minister? I put this offer on the table, publicly, now. Change them. All those people who are in prison &#821

1; inside the United States, on the United States extradition request.

” Let’s get exchange. I am ready to do so and I have the authority to do so. We have informed the US Government six months ago that we are ready. Not an answer yet. If they tell something else, they lie. “

 Supporters hold a photo of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a British-Iranian mother's profession in January 2017

On Wednesday, an American government department official said: “The Iranian regime can show its seriousness with regard to consular issues, including Iranians who have been charged or convicted of US sanctions offenses. laws by releasing innocent US people immediately. “

” We urge Iran to release all illegally detained and missing American people, including Xiyue Wang, Robert Levinson, Siamak Namazi and Nizar Zakka “in a statement.

The official d d not address Zarif’s claims that he had contacted the United States for an exchange but not received a response.

Long truth

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s airport three years ago when she returned to London after visiting her family with her daughter Gabriella, who was then 22 months old.

The Iranian government accused her of working with organizations trying to overthrow the regime, sentenced to five years in prison and her children placed in care by their Iranian parents.

Her employer , The Thomson Reuters Foundation, rejects the allegations. In May last year, Iranian media reported that she would face a new trial on “security-related” charges. 9659006] Zaghari-Ratcliffe has arranged a hunger strike in an attempt to receive medical treatment, and her husband has said the prison guards had asked her to spy in Britain in return for their freedom.

Last month, the British government granted its diplomatic protection, which means that it has realized that its treatment “does not fulfill Iran’s obligations under international law and raises it to a formal permit to speak.”

Granting diplomatic protection is rare but allows a state to seek protection from one of its citizens, if it considers that it has been wiped out by another state.

The Iranian ambassador to the UK tweeted that the move “contravenes international law” and insisted that the Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Iranian citizenship meant that Britain could not provide its diplomatic protection.

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