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Jordanian PM Meets Lawmakers to Secure Release of IS-Held Pilot

© REUTERS / Muhammad HamedA relative of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh up
A relative of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh up - Sputnik International
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour met with the country's legislators to discuss efforts to secure the release of the pilot, captured by the Islamic State.

Kenji Goto - Sputnik International
Islamic State Says Japanese Hostage, Jordanian Pilot Have 24 Hours to Live
MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour issued a progress report to the country's legislators at a closed-door meeting outlining efforts to secure the release of its pilot, captured by the Islamic State (IS) last month, Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported Thursday.

"We were assured by the premier that the state is pursuing all channels to secure al-Kasasba's release," Senate Speaker Abdel Raouf Rawadeh was quoted as saying by Anadolu after the session.

In its latest message that could not be immediately verified, IS extended its Wednesday deadline for a prisoner swap with Jordan to late Thursday, according to numerous media reports.

Reports began to emerge on Tuesday that Jordanian authorities were considering releasing Sajida Rishawi, a female suicide bomber, in exchange for Muath Kasaesbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Kasaesbeh was immediately captured by the Islamic radical group militants after his plane crashed near the IS stronghold of Raqqah in Syria on December 24, 2014.

Goto allegedly went to Syria in October to negotiate the release of Haruna Yukawa, a Japanese security company executive. The IS extremists last week demanded a $200-million ransom for the two Japanese captives.

On Sunday, IS released a video showing Goto holding an image of what appeared be Yukawa's beheaded body. The radical Sunni group has become known for atrocities that include public crucifixions and beheadings of captured prisoners, including journalists.

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