Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah- photo courtesy of his official Twitter account.
CAIRO – 3 October 2019: The Egyptian authorities released two Jordanians, who were detained during anti-government protests on September 20, 2019, announced Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Egyptian authorities released Jordanian citizens, Abdel Rahman Hussein al-Rawajbeh and Thaer Matar, who were arrested in Cairo 10 days ago,” said Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah.
“This reflects the spirit of significant relations between the two countries," Qudah said, adding on his official Twitter account that the two citizens will return home on Thursday.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and affirm the great ties between the two sides.
The two Jordanian citizens were among six foreigners detained during rare protests staged against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on September 24, 2019. TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast a video he acquired from the arrested individuals, showing their passports and video-taped confessions. That was during an episode of his Talk Show “Al Hekaya” on MBC Misr. The foreigners arrested include two Jordanians, two Turkish, a Palestinian, and a Dutch.
The T.V. host said that the arrested people confessed conspiring against Egypt. However, Qudah told Jordanian radio program "Al-Qakil" that the Egyptian authorities did not interrogate the Jordanian citizens.
On September 26, 2019, Egypt's Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigations into the protests that have been witnessed in some governorates, aiming to stand on the reasons behind these protests, and the demands of the marchers. According to the prosecution decree, more than 1,000 have been investigated.
Dozens of arrested people were released without being interrogated in Alexandria and Giza, according human rights organizations said on Wednesday.
Egypt has witnessed rare and small demonstrations in April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.
Additional Reporting by Noha El Tawil