Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe touches down on British soil to awaiting 7-year-old daughter

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The British-Iranian national, 44, arrived at RAF Brize Norton where Richard and their daughter Gabriella, seven, are waiting for her to step off the plane in Oxfordshire. Speaking en route to the airport, Richard said their daughter cannot wait to go to sleep with her mother again.

British–Iranian businessman Anoosheh Ashoori, 67, also landed on UK soil after almost five years of being “unfairly detained” in Iran.

The pair flew from Iran to Oman before touching down in the UK shortly after 1am.

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

Ministers settled a historic £400million debt yesterday which resulted in the release of Nazanin, Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz, who has been released from prison on furlough.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker from Hampstead, northwest London, had been detained since her arrest in 2016 on charges of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, which she denies.

Retired civil engineer Mr Ashoori was arrested in Iran in 2017 while visiting his mother, and was jailed for 10 years on spying charges, which he denies.

Mr Ashoori’s daughter Elika, 35, said his release had been “very, very sudden” and the family were “over the moon” after five years of turmoil.

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