September 25, 2019 / 1:33 AM / a month ago

Britain's Johnson, in talks with Iran's Rouhani, urges release of imprisoned dual nationals

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an Emergency Declaration for Nature and People event after the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the immediate release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals imprisoned in Iran during a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in New York on Tuesday, a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.

Johnson also “raised our deep concern about Iran’s destabilizing activity in the region, including the attacks on the Aramco oil facilities, and insisted this must stop,” the spokesperson said. He stressed support for the Iran nuclear deal and the need for dialogue, “including on a comprehensive successor deal.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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