| 16.09,19. 01:00 PM |
Julie Bishop offers to help Perth travel bloggers, Melbourne uni lecturer locked up in Iran
Julie Bishop offers to help Perth travel bloggers, Melbourne uni lecturer locked up in Iran.Credit: AAP/Instagram
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has offered to assist with negotiations over the Australian citizens detained in Iran.
The Morrison government is lobbying for the release of two Perth travel bloggers and a Melbourne university lecturer being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.
On Monday Bishop said she had a "longstanding and constructive" relationship with the Iranian Foreign Minister.
She explainined she was available to support efforts to secure the release of University of Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert - who has been imprisoned in Iran since October 2018 - and Perth couple Mark Firkin and Jolie King, who were detained by Iranian authorities about 10 weeks ago.
Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and has received only limited consular visits.
Firkin and King are accused of flying a drone near a restricted military zone in Tehran.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne has raised the imprisonment of the three Australians with her Iranian counterpart several times, as diplomats continue to work behind the scenes to try and secure their release.