Date
12 December 2017
Former Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Tahanmatan (centre), from Palestine, walks free in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was resettled earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
Former Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Tahanmatan (centre), from Palestine, walks free in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was resettled earlier this month. Photo: Reuters

Obama says will do utmost to close Guantanamo prison

US President Barack Obama said in a TV interview he will do “everything I can” to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees there were sent home.

Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America’s image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the US Congress, Reuters reported.

“I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it,” Obama told CNN in an interview taped on Friday for broadcast on Sunday.

“It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held,” he said.

“It is contrary to our values, and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.” 

Four Afghans held for over a decade at Guantanamo have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday. 

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