Good morning. And this is for once. Too often in the news industry we end up as bearers of despair and sadness, but yesterday’s release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashuri is a story that has delighted people across the country (and, god knows, we need). Is).
Rebecca RatcliffeNazneen’s sister-in-law, giving an interview this morning, told Good Morning Britain that it was overwhelming to re-watch Nazneen’s film with her family early this morning.
Seeing that footage of him touching Richard and Gabriella’s arms was really awesome. It seems a bit… on Christmas morning, waiting for Santa and then Santa is finally coming.
She said that, after the plane landed, Nazanin and her husband, Richard, and their daughter, Gabriella, went with Ashuri and their family to a safe house and went to bed.
And Gabriella slept last night between Richard and Nazanin for the first time in six years. So a very special moment.
She said she had a message from Richard this morning, but “everyone else is still sleeping”. He said today:
I think they’re probably a little tired and overwhelmed. But he was certainly very excited…
He told that today is March 17. And six years ago, on March 17, Nazanin flew [to Iran, where she was arrested], So there is a certain amount of symmetry in his story.
Richard’s parents are also speaking to the media this morning. Richard’s father john ratcliffeHe told BBC Breakfast: “I think Jeremy Hunt described him as the bravest man in the Commons yesterday and I think it’s a fitting tribute to him.”
Here is the video of Nazneen reuniting with her family that Rebecca was referring to.
here are my colleagues Martin FerrerThe story of Zagari-Ratcliffe and Ashuri’s arrival at home.
and here is my colleague Patrick WintourAn account of what was the reason for freeing the hostages.
I will be posting more from these interviews soon.
Here is the agenda for the day.
9.30 am: Grant Shapps, Transportation Secretary, takes questions in the Commons.
11.30 am: The lobby briefing takes place in Downing Street.
12:00 pm: First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, questions in the Scottish Parliament.
Around 12 o’clock: Justice Secretary Dominic Raab gives a statement to lawmakers.
Around 1 pm: Cami Badenoch, Equality Minister, gives a statement to lawmakers about the government’s response to the Sewell Race Report.
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