WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in interviews Tuesday that Iran in a couple of days would release two US hikers convicted on charges of spying but who claimed to have accidentally strayed into the country. I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home. This is, of course, going to be a unilateral humanitarian gesture, Ahmadinejad told The Washington Post. It is a unilateral pardon of the hikers, the Iranian leader said. In a separate interview with US network NBC News, Ahmadinejad said Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would be released in two days.