(Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden wants to close the iconic Guantanamo Bay prison before the end of his term, a White House spokesman said Friday.
Democrat Barack Obama takes a campaign promise that could never be kept without a compromise with Congress.
When asked at a news conference about the closure of Guantanamo Bay during Joe Biden’s tenure, White House spokeswoman Jen Saki said: “This is definitely our goal and our intention. ”
“So we started a process with the National Security Council […] To work with various federal agencies and assess the current situation […]This is something we inherited from the previous government, ”he added.
During his 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump showed his willingness to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open and “fill it with bad guys”. The Republican retained this position after being elected.
Some prisoners have been promised release from Guantanamo under his Democratic ancestor, Barack Obama.
Prisoners linked to the “war on terror” are being held in military jails by Pakistan’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It still has 40 inmates, 26 of whom are considered to be in danger of being released, but legal action will continue due to the complexity of their cases.
George W. The U.S. military, led by Bush, quickly built a detention center on a U.S.-owned naval base on the eastern tip of the island of Cuba.
This 117 km enclave2 (Of these only 49 km2 De Terre) was ceded to the United States by Cuba in 1903, thanks to its powerful neighbors for its assistance in the war against the Spanish.
The first twenty prisoners arrived on January 11, 2002, a few weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Since that time, this prison has been overused around the world in the fight against terrorism in the United States. Images of prisoners in orange covers, on fences with barbed wire, are shocking, forcing food on those who refuse to eat.
George W. As many as 780 people have been detained at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of having links with al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the wake of the “war on terror” launched by Bush.
Hundreds of prisoners have since been released or transferred to their homeland or to third countries.