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The White House decided to close the Guantanamo prison

Washington has decided to close the prison and the naval base in Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters about this, The Hill reports.

“I don't have a schedule for you. As you know, there is a process, there are different levels of the process, but this remains our goal, “ a representative of the US presidential administration, Joe Biden, told reporters.

On July 19, the US authorities decided to repatriate to Morocco the 56-year-old Guantanamo detainee Abdul Latif Nasir, who, according to officials from Washington, no longer poses a threat to US national interests. Psaki noted that of the 39 remaining prisoners in the prison for foreign terrorists, 10 people have the right to be repatriated. Another 17 can apply for a review of their cases, 10 are under investigation by military commissions and two have been convicted.

On July 3, it became known that the US Department of Defense banned funding the Guantanamo prison from its budget after September 30, 2022. The first attempt to close the prison was made by former US President Barack Obama, who signed a corresponding order in January 2009. This decision was not implemented due to the resistance of Republican congressmen. In 2018, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, issued an order to preserve the prison, canceling the order of his predecessor.

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