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Liberal Party NEC Statement - UK-Iranian relations and the case of Zaghari-Ratcliffe
The Liberal Party notes with great disappointment the conclusion of recent talk’s in London between the Governments of the UK and Iran without any meaningful agreements.

The most important outcome would have been a resolution to the case’s of Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Iran and whose release is linked to the resolution of a debt repayment dispute with the Iranian state over a cancelled armaments deal dating back to 1971.

Whilst this remains the most visible obstacle, the Iranian nuclear program and international efforts to restart The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) cast’s a wider shadow over completion of a legal process which should have been resolved by arbitration in 2001.

As the hunger strike of Zaghari-Ratcliffe husband Richards is halted after 3 weeks, the Liberal Party calls on the Government of the UK to re-open dialogue with the Iranian Government as matter of urgency and to resolve a legal dispute which now serves no purpose other than to empower the Iranian regime.

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