Britain and Tehran are in discussion over a £400million debt that the UK owes. British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been in jail in Iran, believes she was imprisoned as leverage for the historic debt.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that the two matters are not linked and are “entirely separate issues”.
He added that ministers were doing "everything we can to look after the interests of Nazanin and all the very difficult dual national cases we have in Tehran".
Speaking to BBC Newsnight on Tuesday evening, former Foreign Office chief Simon McDonald explained that the UK has several issues with Iran.
He said: “There are multiple problems we have with Iran right now. They all need to be solved.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
“Even though they are not linked and there is no link between the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe or other dual nationals in prison and the debt.
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Simon McDonald explained that the UK has several issues with Iran (Image: BBC Newsnight )
“Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe wasn’t even born when the debt was incurred but the Iranians have established a link.
“We reject that and I think it’s clear why but debt still