Iranian foreign minister suggests prisoner swap deal for Brit mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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THE British charity worker held in Iran could be released in a prisoner swap, according to the Iranian foreign minister.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was caged in 2016 for five years for spying – a charge she has always denied.

 The Iranian foreign minister has suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be freed as a part of a prisoner swap deal

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The Iranian foreign minister has suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be freed as a part of a prisoner swap deal

But she could be released in exchange for Iranians who are being detained in the US, Germany and Australia – who he claims are being held on “phony charges”.

Irianian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he felt sorry for the mum and had done his best for her.
He said: “Let’s have an exchange. I’m ready to do it.”

He brought up the case of an Iranian woman who gave birth in an Australian prison who’s child is now growing up outside prison.

Mr Zarif said: “Nobody talks about this lady in Australia.

“So, what can I do as a foreign minister? I put this offer on the table publicly now. Exchange them,” he said, adding that he “had the authority to do it.”

He also said he made an offer to the US six months but heard nothing back.

 Mum Nazanin was jailed in 2016 for allegedly spying on the Iranian regime for the UK

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Mum Nazanin was jailed in 2016 for allegedly spying on the Iranian regime for the UK
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