The aid worker’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said Johnson’s comments were even brought up by interrogators during Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s last days in Iran as she waited to come home.
He said Johnson did not explicitly apologise for his error but the encounter had not been “abrasive”.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe did not speak to reporters herself, instead playing with the couple’s daughter Gabriella outside Johnson’s Downing Street office while her husband and Siddiq addressed the media.
“It was an honour to welcome Nazanin, Richard and Gabriella to Downing Street today,” Johnson wrote on Twitter, but he did not address his mistaken comment in 2017.
“We discussed the UK’s work to secure the release of unfairly detained nationals in Iran and I commended Nazanin for her incredible bravery during her ordeal.”
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by Revolutionary Guards at Tehran airport on April 3, 2016, while trying to return to Britain with her then 22-month-old daughter from an Iranian New Year’s trip to see her parents.
Her family and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, denied the charges against her. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters.