Boris Johnson has met with Richard Ratcliffe, husband of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
The foreign secretary met with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe today, amid widespread criticism of his handling of the case.
The 38-year-old dual-national charity worker was arrested in April 2016 and accused of plotting to topple the regime, and was later sentenced to five years in prison.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family insist she was on holiday with her daughter visiting family.
Mr Johnson apologised to the family earlier this week after he said the British Iranian national had been training journalists in Iran before her arrest – a suggestion that could lead to her sentence being doubled.
His comments had led to calls for him to quit, but Mr Ratcliffe has said it is not in his wife's interests for there to be any resignations, and instead the Foreign Secretary should clean up the mess he had created.
He had previoulsy called for the government to give his wife diplomatic protection, which allows a state to take diplomatic action on behalf of a national.
Ahead of the meeting at the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson said: "I'm about to see Richard Ratcliffe in a few minutes and I can tell you people here in the Foreign Office and across government have been working very hard over the last 19 months to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and indeed to solve some other very difficult consular cases in Iran.
"We're going to continue to do that. We will leave absolutely no stone unturned in our efforts to do that.
"We're going to leave no stone unturned."
Speaking at a press conference after the hour-long meeting, Mr Ratcliffe described talks with the foreign secretary as "positive".
Describing his wife's current condition, he said she was "in a difficult place" and expressed fears for her mental and physical wellbeing.
"I wanted to stress the urgency of Nazanin's position and for her to be home as soon as possible," he said, ading he wanted his wife back in the UK before Christmas.
"He felt the campaign had moved the nation and many people cared very deeply for Nazanin."
Mr Ratcliffe said the Foreign Secreatry and Foreign Office had "expressed some reservations" about giving diplomatic protection to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, but had agreed to look at reports prepared by the famly's lawyers.
Richard Ratcliffe arrives for his meeting with Boris Johnson
"It's not unprecedented but it is a big step," he said.
"I think it's an important thing for us to be pushing for."
Mr Johnson is due to visit Tehran shortly, and Mr Ratclffe has asked to accompany the Foreign Secretary on the trip.
"It's not quite confirmed when is going but he said he was keen to take me so that's something that we'll keep pushing keep taking forwards," Mr Ratcliffe said.
"For me it's very important yo be going on that trip and standing next to the Foreign Secretary."
Supporters of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hold a vigil outside the Iranin Embassy in January 2016
Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said her constituent planned to visit his wife in prison should he be allowed to travel to Iran with the government.
She added the couple's young daughter, who was with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe on the trip, had now been out of the UK for so long she had stopped speaking English, making communication with her father extremlly difficult.
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