UK warns British-Iranian dual nationals to avoid visiting Iran

United Kingdom Foreign Office warned British-Iranian dual nationals to avoid traveling to Iran following jail of British Council worker Aras Amiri for 10 years in Iran for spying.

Amiri is an Iranian national and went to Iran to see her ill grandmother.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned people with British-Iranian dual nationals could face intolerable risk of mistreatment and arbitrary detention.

He urged Iranian nationals in UK to exercise caution when visiting friends and family members in Iran.

He added, “Dual nationals face an intolerable risk of mistreatment if they visit Iran… Despite the UK providing repeated opportunities to resolve this issue, the Iranian regime’s conduct has worsened.”

Hund said the dual national people may face lack of access to basic legal rights like it was seen in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratchliffe in 2016 when she was separated from family and serving five years in Iranian jail for spying.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned people with British-Iranian dual nationals could face intolerable risk of mistreatment and arbitrary detention.

Iran considers dual British-Iranian nationals as its own citizens and does not recognize dual nationality.

The move comes amid increased tensions between United States and Iran over nuclear program negotiations.

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