Two Jordanian Hostages Freed After Being Held for a Year in Tripoli – Al Marsad

The official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Jordanian expatriate affairs Sufyan Qudah announced Wednesday that Libyan authorities have released 2 out of 3 Jordanian citizens held hostage in Tripoli for over a year. This came after persistent efforts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant organizations.

[Libya, 20 September 2019] – Qudah stated that according to Jordanian TV channel “Al-Mamlaka”, Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, had received a phone call last week from from his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Siala, informing him of the decision to release the detained Jordanian citizens.

Qudah expressed the Kingdom’s gratitude towards the Libyan government for responding to their request for the release of the hostages, and for ensuring their safe return. The spokesman hoped that the third Jordanian citizen will be released soon as promised by the Libyan authorities, stressing that the Foreign Ministry will continue with its effort and contacts with the Libyans until securing the release of the third citizen and his repatriation.

The Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had announced in February the expected release of the detainees after being reassured by the relevant Libyan authorities. They also confirmed in April that they would continue to look into the case.

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It is also noted that the hostages were kidnapped by an armed group in Tripoli last year, and that their fate would have remained unknown had it not been for the intervention of Government of National Accord, who then negotiated for their release for over 6 months.