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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s return to Australia was a ‘moment of joy’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s return to Australia after more than two years incarceration in Iran was a ‘moment of pure joy’

  • Academician Kylie Moore-Gilbert landed in Canberra on Friday afternoon
  • She was released this week after serving more than two years in prison in Iran
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said her return home was a “moment of pure joy.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s return to Australia after two years in an Iranian prison was a “moment of pure joy.”

The British-Australian academic was released this week after being detained in Iran for more than two years on allegations of spying that she and the Australian government vehemently deny.

She arrived in Canberra Friday afternoon and is now undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks.

Mr. Morrison described Dr. Moore-Gilbert this week as “an extremely intelligent, strong and courageous woman” and a “wonderful Australian.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert's return to Australia after two years in an Iranian prison was a 'moment of pure joy'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s return to Australia after two years in an Iranian prison was a ‘moment of pure joy’

At a meeting of the NSW Liberal State Council on Saturday, Mr. Morrison – who is also isolated after his recent trip to Japan – also praised the State Department and Trade for their hard work and Secretary of State Marise Payne for her diplomatic efforts.

The return of Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert this week was a moment of pure joy, ‘said Morrison.

‘It was one of the really good days. And Marise’s efforts to lead that effort to secure Kylie’s release and see her come home to Australia are just absolutely amazing. ‘

Both Mr. Morrison and Senator Payne spoke to Dr. Moore-Gilbert earlier this week and described her as cheerful.

The teacher of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Melbourne was arrested at Tehran airport in 2018 after attending an academic conference. She was sentenced to ten years in prison on a charge of espionage.

The Australian government has refused to confirm reports that her release was secured as part of a prisoner exchange. Three Iranian prisoners were released from Thailand earlier this week.

Mr. Morrison described Dr. Moore-Gilbert this week as “an extremely intelligent, strong and courageous woman” and a “wonderful Australian.”

She arrived in Canberra Friday afternoon and is now undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks

She arrived in Canberra Friday afternoon and is now undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks

She arrived in Canberra Friday afternoon and is now undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine for two weeks

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