London is considering ways to repay a long-term debt to Iran

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Britain is considering ways to pay off its 400 400m ($ 522m) long-term debt to Iran, Foreign Secretary Liz Tras said today, declining to say whether the issue had already been resolved.

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An unnamed Iranian official told Iranian state media in 2021 that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian, would be released as soon as the debt was repaid.

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Trace was asked by Sky News if Zagari-Ratcliffe would be able to return to London soon. He said the case was a priority, adding that repaying Iran’s debt had also become a priority.

“We have been clear that this is a legal debt we owe to Iran and we are looking for ways to pay it off,” he said. He added that there was a British team in Iran but did not give further details.

Iranian leaders say Britain owes money owed by the Shah of Iran in advance for 1,750 Chieftain armored vehicles and other vehicles, almost none of which were eventually surrendered after the 1979 Islamic Revolution led to the overthrow of the US-backed leader .

The governments of Britain and Iran say there is no link between debt and litigation.

Zagari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted by an Iranian court of conspiracy to overthrow the regime.

Her family, as well as the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters, deny the allegations.

Her family and the Foundation declined to comment on a Twitter post by British MP Tulip Siddique that Zagari-Ratcliffe had regained her passport, reviving hopes for her release.

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Source: Capital

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