Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be RELEASED: Iran confirms ‘prisoner swap’ deal and £40m payment

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According to Iranian state TV, the UK Government will pay a £400million debt to Tehran. 

By doing this, it will help pave the way to release Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The UK Government has not confirmed this prisoner exchange despite reports from Iranian state media. 

The £400 million fee is in relation to a debt over the non-delivery of tanks dating back to the 1970s. 

It is thought the US has also agreed to release £5billion of frozen Iranian funds in order to sanction the prisoner swap. 

Despite the reports, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson claimed the 40-year debt dispute is ongoing and is not yet resolved. 

They said: “We continue to explore options to resolve this 40-year-old case and will not comment further as legal discussions are ongoing.”

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