Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's daughter Gabriella returns to UK

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe detained

Richard Ratcliffe is reunited with his five-year-old daughter Gabriella Zaghari Ratcliffe

The daughter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has returned to the UK.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, a British-Iranian dual-national charity worker, was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport on 3 April 2016 prior to boarding a plane back to the United Kingdom after a regular family visit to the country with her then infant daughter Gabriella.

She mentioned: 'It's heart-warming to see Gabriella reunited together with her father after 1,300 days in Iran, however heart-breaking that she is separated from her mom Nazanin. She was so young when she left and she has been through so much, but today she was so happy to be with her father, hugging and kissing him. Mr Ratcliffe has been campaigning for his wife to be released from prison.

The five-year-old's parents made the painful decision to bring her back from Iran so she can start school.

Her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, deny the charge.

While in Iran, Gabriella visited her mother in the notorious Evin Prison when the authorities would allow her to do so.

- November 12 2017 - Mr Ratcliffe says his wife has seen a medical specialist after finding lumps on her breasts and is "on the verge of a nervous breakdown".

"It will be lovely to have her back. and then also we will be tired of the fallout for Nazanin", he said, noting that Gabriella had been his wife's "lifeline and that lifeline will have been taken away".

"I spoke to Nazanin yesterday and she was reasonably distraught", he told reporters at Westminster on Friday. And I am just watching.

'It has been a long journey to have her home, with bumps right until the end - and I am grateful to all those at the British Embassy and Iranian MFA who helped smooth all those last blockages.

"Of course the job is not yet done until Nazanin is home. But let us hope this homecoming unlocks another", Mr Ratcliffe added.

However, he said it was very tough on his wife.

She was visiting the country with Gabriella when she was arrested.

Asked whether he had confidence in the now Prime Minister's ability to get Nazanin released, Richard said he had a second chance to "be our hero".

Gabriella, who brought a "Welcome Home" cake to the Commons press conference, has nearly entirely lost her ability to communicate in English having only been able to speak to her father during phone calls or on occasional visits.

In a letter smuggled out of jail recently, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe wrote: "I have no hope or motivation after my baby goes".

"Those brief minutes might be the shortest of cuddles, but without doubt the most handsome and uplifting cuddles in the whole world", she wrote.

He has worked with several foreign secretaries in trying to secure her release, including now Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab.

"Iran must end their hostage diplomacy and release my innocent constituent. Britain should also solve its long running debt issue with Iran".

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