Jordan urges Libya’s GNA to facilitate release of three abducted Jordanians

Protesters hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh with national flags, February 5, 2015.

Jordan called Tuesday on Libya’s internationally recognized government to facilitate the release of three Jordanian nationals abducted by a militia last year.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi spoke with his Libyan counterpart Mohammed Tahir Syala about the “case of three Jordanians abducted in Libya since August last year,” the Jordanian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The Libyan authorities must immediately work to release (them) and return them to the kingdom,” Safadi said.

Syala said he was “personally following the matter” on the recommendation of the chief of Libya’s Government of National Accord, Fayez Al-Sarraj, according to the Jordanian statement.

The group’s release was delayed because they were detained by one militia and then handed to another, he said, but Libyan authorities had recently located them and “handed their case over to the attorney general to end the investigation and release them.”

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