I strongly condemn the Iranian authorities' continued imprisonment of British-Iranians, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi, and I share the understandable concerns that have been raised about these cases.
This is a human rights issue and reports that access to medical treatment is being denied is extremely worrying. I am also aware that requests for consular assistance have been rejected by the Iranian authorities on the grounds that the country does not recognise dual nationality.
These cases have received a lot of public attention and the Government continues to be pressed on them in Parliament, including most recently during a debate in Westminster Hall on 18 July. I am aware that the Government has repeatedly raised these cases with the Iranian Government and I also understand that the Prime Minister has raised concerns about these cases directly with the President of Iran.
However, I believe it is no longer good enough for the Government to quietly raise concerns about these cases and must now publically demand action. I therefore urge the Government to speak out against the continued detention of these citizens, who I believe should be released on humanitarian grounds.
I hope the Government will redouble its efforts on this issue and I can assure you that I will continue to follow any developments closely.