image source, AFPimage captionMichael Kovrig (r) and Michael Spavor have been held since 2018

Two Canadian nationals have been released from Chinese detention and are flying home to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were first detained in 2018, soon after Canadian police arrested a top Chinese tech executive on a US warrant.

The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, left Canada earlier today after a deal with US prosecutors.

The detentions have sparked years of diplomatic tensions.

At a news conference, Mr Trudeau said the men had been through "an unbelievably difficult ordeal."

"It is good news for all of us that they are on their way home to their families," he added. "For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance, resilience and grace".

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