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Boris Johnson apologises for comments over jailed Briton in Iran

Boris Johnson apologises for comments over jailed Briton in Iran

Mr Johnson went on to apologise for the "distress and suffering" caused by his remarks, adding: "I do apologise, I do apologise and of course I retract any suggestion that she was there in a professional capacity".

Bryant, a former foreign office minister, told Julia that Theresa May is like "the hostage here" because she's "so weak that she can't deal with" the chaos in her government, and "Boris Johnson is trying to release her so that he can get her job".

Ratcliffe told the BBC he hoped he could travel to Iran with Johnson to meet his wife.

The consultant said the lumps were likely to be benign but her family history of breast cancer, along with the pain, meant she should be kept under "close surveillance".

She denies the charges. "No evidence has been produced which suggests she should be detained". He was very clear in what he said and he was wrong.

"It's hard to imagine such a mistake being made by an FCO official but, even if it were, the buck stops with the Foreign Secretary", said Mr Penman.

"We make a big mistake if we think the right thing to do is to blame politicians in a democracy who are trying to do the right thing for the plight of a woman who is being imprisoned by a regime that is a serial abuser of human rights", he said. "Iran. Let's not play their game".

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Michael Gove said he doesn't know what British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran before she was arrested and jailed. Concern over her physical and mental health is growing, and neither Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe nor her husband has had access to their daughter, who is being looked after by her grandparents in Iran.

Conservative MP Julian Lewis, chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee said: "This has not been his finest hour".

"So will the Foreign Secretary today accept the impact that his words have had, accept the distress that has been caused to Nazanin and apologise properly for that - not apologise for upsetting people, apologise for getting it wrong?"

The Foreign Secretary also called Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband on Sunday and is said to have had a "constructive" conversation.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, said Prime Minister Theresa May should fire Johnson for "embarrassing and undermining our country with his incompetence and colonial throwback views and putting our citizens at risk".

The head of the FDA union criticises the Foreign Secretary after claims he tried to "protect himself" by blaming civil servants.


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