Jordan calls for release of three citizens in Iran 'by mistake'

Jordan calls for release of three citizens in Iran 'by mistake'
Three Jordanians entered Iranian waters off the United Arab Emirates 'by mistake' in December and have been held in detention since. Jordan is working to facilitate their release.
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18 February, 2019
The three Jordanians reportedly strayed into Iranian waters on a trip from the UAE [AFP]
Jordan on Monday formally requested Iran release three of its nationals it said had strayed into Iranian territorial waters in December.

The foreign ministry said the Jordanians, accompanied by Emirati and Egyptian friends, had entered Iranian waters "by mistake" during a boat trip off the United Arab Emirates on December 27.

Iran at the time had said the Jordanians would be tried and fined in the coastal city of Bandar Lengeh, but did not give a date.

Atef al-Tarawneh, Jordan's parliamentary speaker, raised the case in a meeting with Mojtaba Ferdosipour, Iran's ambassador to Amman.

Ferdosipour gave assurances the case would be resolved in "the coming days",  Jordan's official news agency Petra reported on Monday.

He said the detainees were being treated well and would be granted bail as soon as possible, reported Jordan's Roya News.