Tulip Siddiq paid tribute to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff’s husband in Parliament following a six-year-long campaign for her release.
Zaghari-Ratcliff was released from detention today 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, 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.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Mr Ashoori were initially being take to the Gulf state of Oman – which has been closely involved in the behind-the-scenes negotiations to secure their release.
Oman’s foreign minister Badr Albusaidi posted a picture of them arriving at the airport, adding: “Soon they will be with their loved ones at home.”
From there it is expected they will be flown on a Government-chartered flight to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Local MP Tulip Siddiq paid tribute to Richard Ratcliffe in Parliament today, saying he “set the bar for husbands around the world.”
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