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12/10/2017, 3:22 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson, Rouhani vow progress on all fronts

On the day of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's scheduled appearance in court, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office asserted Secretary Boris Johnson (pictured left) left Iran on a promising note, after discussing regional issues, the international nuclear deal and "consular cases of dual nationals." The signal was sent on Sunday after he concluded the trip by meeting President Hassan Rouhani (right). There was no particular mention of the case of the jailed humanitarian worker, but the United Kingdom's top diplomat had promised to raise the issue.

Both countries expressed the intention to overcome "all obstacles" in the bilateral relationship, the Foreign Office added and cited banking restrictions remaining after the government in Tehran managed to get sanctions scrapped through an agreement with world powers about its nuclear assets. Both sides "want to keep up the momentum," according to the statement, which highlights the initiative to "preserve" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to topple the Iranian regime. Johnson has apologized after stating she trained journalists during her visit to her home country. The remark was used by Iranian prosecutors to press further charges.

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