British Foreign Secretary Travels to Iran for Talks on Nuclear Deal, Yemen

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Saturday travels to Iran to discuss the international deal reigning in the Islamic republic’s nuclear activities and the conflict in Yemen, Bloomberg reports.

“This is the first visit of the foreign secretary to Iran and we expect talks to cover a wide range of issues from the bilateral relationship to regional security,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Friday in a statement.

Johnson will meet with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, in what is a first visit by a British foreign secretary to Iran since 2015 and only the third since 2003. Johnson also will raise “concerns about a number of consular cases involving dual nationals and press for their release on humanitarian grounds,” according to the statement, Bloomberg notes.

Johnson last month was forced to apologize after saying Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British woman jailed in Iran, was training reporters. Iranian state television said the comment was an “unintended admission” of her guilt. Her family and the government say she was on vacation with her daughter visiting relatives, Bloomberg notes.

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