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Karzai urges closure of Gitmo

on May 02, 2013 10:19 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pressed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison as President Barack Obama mulls a renewed push before a reluctant U.S. Congress.

Karzai says he has “from the very beginning been a very strong supporter” of closing down the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, a goal that has eluded Obama since he took office. Obama signed an executive order for its closure, but Congress has used its budgetary power to block detainees from being moved to the United States.

Karzai said during a visit to Denmark today that he also wants the release and return of Afghan prisoners in Guantanamo.

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