The British-Iranian had been detained in Iran in 2016 for the past six years, accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government and in April last year was sentenced to an additional year in prison as well as a year-long travel ban on new charges of "propaganda against the system." She has consistently denied these charges.
After months of negotiations between the UK and Iranian government, Nazanin and Anoosheh Ashoori - another British-Iranian detainee held on alleged spying charges - were released and flew out of Teran on Wednesday.
Nazanin and Anoosheh were released after the UK settled a debt to Iran of almost £400m dating from the 1970s, when Iran ordered British tanks and armoured vehicles. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the UK cancelled the order and Iran demanded its money back for undelivered vehicles.
Social media reacted to the touching image of Nazanin's family which went viral:
No place like home\nThank you to everyone who made this possible, to all of the care and campaigning, and diplomatic efforts.\nYou have made us whole.\n#NazaninIsFreepic.twitter.com/9nPg4Adi6K
Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq shared the photo of the family of three who are her constituents and expressed her delight at their reunion.
"The moment Richard, Nazanin and Gabriella finally reunited after 6 long years. This picture makes me so happy and so proud of all 3 of my brave constituents. Thank you everyone for your constant support for this incredible family," she tweeted.
The moment Richard, Nazanin and Gabriella finally reunited after 6 long years. This picture makes me so happy and so proud of all 3 of my brave constituents. Thank you everyone for your constant support for this incredible family. #NazaninIsFreepic.twitter.com/KZYMtFEA48
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer shared the photo as "joyous scenes" and also praised Siddiq's work in helping the family reconcile "through a great combination of private advocacy and public campaigning work."
Tulip has been a tireless champion for the Ratcliffe family though a great combination of private advocacy and public campaigning work. \n\nShe should be proud of her role in bringing Nazanin home and making those joyous scenes of reunification with Richard and Gabriella possible.https://twitter.com/TulipSiddiq/status/1504334849263521796\u00a0\u2026
Deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner praised the photo: "What an incredible, beautiful image of a family, finally reunited," and also echoed the praise of Siddiq.
What an incredible, beautiful image of a family, finally reunited.\n\nIt is an honour to know Tulip, who never gave up the fight for her constituents.https://twitter.com/tulipsiddiq/status/1504334849263521796\u00a0\u2026
The most joyful, glorious photo to wake up to. Delighted for the Ratcliffe family and hoping against hope that Nazanin now gets peace to settle into her life after the last six years.https://twitter.com/freenazanin/status/1504288513877028870\u00a0\u2026
This has made my heart so full! A huge congratulations to the Zaghari-Ratcliffe family, to Tulip Saddiq & to everyone who has fought tirelessly for Nazanin's return home https://twitter.com/TulipSiddiq/status/1504334849263521796\u00a0\u2026
Rebecca Ratcliffe, Nazanin’s sister-in-law told Good Morning Britain that Nazanin, Richard, and Gabriella, went to a safe house along with Ashoori and his family.
"... and Gabriella slept in between Richard and Nazanin last night for the first time in six years, so a very special moment," she said.
Rebecca also told the programme that Richard has messaged her this morning but "everyone else is still asleep."
"I imagine they're all pretty tired but he was certainly very buoyant this morning.
"He just said that he'd had a busy day, a busy night, they got to sleep not long ago but it was lovely to be with his family again. But also interestingly he pointed out today's the 17th March and six years ago on 17th March Nazanin flew out so there's a certain amount of symmetry in his story."
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