British-Australian women and Australian man held in Iran

British-Australian women and Australian man held in Iran
# 11 September 2019 18:55 (UTC +04:00)

Two British-Australian women and an Australian man have been detained in Iran amid growing tensions between London and Tehran, APA reports citing BBC News.

One of the women was arrested with her boyfriend 10 weeks ago on unknown charges and another woman was jailed for 10 years. Iran has held several dual nationals in recent years, including the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Her husband said: "This hostage diplomacy cannot go on."

Relations between the UK and Iran have been strained in recent months by a row over the seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf. On Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met the Iranian ambassador, after summoning him to discuss Iran's behaviour over a seized tanker's oil. Mr Raab said it was clear the tanker had transferred its cargo to Syria after its release, in breach of EU sanctions.

During the meeting, Mr Raab "raised serious concerns about the number of dual national citizens detained by Iran and their conditions of detention", the Foreign Office said.

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