Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe pictured landing in Oman ahead of return to UK

Oman’s foreign minister Badr Albusaidi tweeted a picture of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe arriving in the country with Anoosheh Ashoori.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been pictured landing in Oman ahead of her return to the UK.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s six-year ordeal in Iran is over after she was released from detention and boarded a flight out of the country as the UK Government settled an outstanding £400 million debt owed to the regime in Tehran.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe, who has fought a tenacious battle to secure her release, said he was “deeply grateful” and that he and their daughter Gabriella were “looking forward to a new life”.

The British-Iranian mother is returning to Britain, along with a second dual national, Anoosheh Ashoori.

A third dual national, Morad Tahbaz, has been released from prison on furlough.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe shares selfie on plane as she flies home to UK after six years of hell in Iran
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe shares selfie on plane as she flies home to UK after six years of hell in Iran

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained on security charges by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at Imam Khomeini airport after a holiday visit to Iran where she introduced her daughter Gabriella to her parents.

Mr Ashoori has been in prison for almost five years while Mr Tahbaz has been held for four.

Their release follows months of intensive diplomatic negotiations between London and Tehran.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “We have the deepest admiration for the resolve, courage and determination Nazanin, Anoosheh and Morad, and their families, have shown.

“They have faced hardship that no family should ever experience and this is a moment of great relief.”



Richard Ratcliffe with their daughter after hearing the news that Nazanin was on her way home.
Richard Ratcliffe with their daughter after hearing the news that Nazanin was on her way home.

Oman’s foreign minister Badr Albusaidi tweeted a picture of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe arriving in the country with Anoosheh Ashoori.

He said: “Nazanin and Anoosheh have arrived safely in Oman. Sincere thanks for the hard work and good faith in Tehran and London that made this possible.

“Soon they will be with their loved ones at home. We hope this result will bring further progress in the dialogue between the parties.”

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe pictured landing in Oman ahead of return to UK
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe pictured landing in Oman ahead of return to UK