Jordan govt officials: Hostage-prisoner exchange plan studied

Jordan govt officials: Hostage-prisoner exchange plan studied
Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama speaks to the media in Amman January 26, 2015.

The Japanese government requested cooperation from Jordan for the negotiation with a militant group believed to be the Islamic State in the hope of early release of Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist taken hostage by the group, government sources said Monday.

Tokyo informed Amman that the militant group demands the release of death-row inmate Sajida al-Rishawi in Jordan in exchange for freeing Goto.

In response to Japan's request, the Jordanian government is believed to have started considering a plan to negotiate with the Islamic State for an exchange of prisoners for several hostages including Goto, according to the sources.

According to Jordanian government sources, some Jordanian government officials are studying a plan to negotiate with the Islamic State for the release of Goto and a Jordanian Air Force pilot taken hostage by the group in exchnge for Rishawi and another prison inmate.

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