A Canadian journalist who spent almost two years jailed in Egypt says Egyptian authorities have restored the citizenship he renounced in order to win his release.

Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist released last year after receiving a pardon from Egypt's president, was a dual citizen but renounced his Egyptian citizenship late in 2014 after being asked to do as a condition of his release. He says he never wanted to do that.

Fahmy was arrested in 2013 with two Al-Jazeera English colleagues. In a case widely condemned, he was sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial for airing what a court described as "false news" and coverage biased in favor of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.