Former ambassador to Iran warns against ‘excessively high expectations’ over prospect of British-Iranian woman’s release

Britain’s former ambassador to Tehran has warned against expecting a breakthrough in the the fight to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when Boris Johnson visits Iran later this year, saying negotiations will involve “a long haul”.

Sir Richard Dalton also poured cold water on the idea of giving Zaghari-Ratcliffe the status of diplomatic protection, an idea proposed by her family and supporters as way of placing greater pressure on the Tehran regime.

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