President Shimon Peres promised to continue to work for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard in a meeting with Pollard's wife Esther in Jerusalem Tuesday.

Peres met with Esther Pollard for the first time since his trip to Washington last month where Peres asked US President Barack Obama to commute Pollard's sentence to the 26 and a half years of his life sentence that he has served.

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Peres updated Esther Pollard on his meeting with Obama and promised her that he remains "committed to work with all of my might to secure Jonathan's release. I regard this as my obligation both morally and as part of my duty in the role of president."

He asked Esther Pollard for a detailed update on her husband's health and indicated that he is very aware of the urgency of Jonathan's situation.