Jordan says Israel to release 2 Jordanian detainees after intensified talks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-05 00:27:01|Editor: yan
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AMMAN, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Monday that Israel had pledged to release two Jordanian detainees by the end of this week.

The pledge came after intensified talks with all stakeholders since the detention of Hiba Labadi and Abdulrahman Meri, according to a ministry statement obtained by Xinhua.

Procedures have already started to allow Labadi and Meri to return home, Safadi said.

Labadi has been on a hunger strike for a few weeks, while Meri suffers from cancer.

The two Jordanians were detained by Israeli authorities after crossing the King Hussein Bridge on the Jordan-Israel border a couple of months ago.

Last week, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced the arrest of an Israeli citizen who infiltrated Jordan through the northern border.

Also last week, Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel's prolonged detention of Labadi and Meri.

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