National Security Brief: Yemenis Urge Obama To Release Gitmo Detainees

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Yemen’s Foreign Minister on Sunday urged President Obama to begin sending Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release back to their home country.

Obama said in a major national security speech last month that he would lift the ban on sending detainees back to Yemen in an effort to close the prison for good.

“Obama now has to really put his words into actions,” Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi told reporters. “We will take (up) with the authorities in Washington how we can start the process based, of course, on the conditions that may be set by the Americans.”

Qirbi said Yemen will set up a “rehabilitation center” to house Yemenis detainees after they have been sent back from Gitmo.

Last week, Yemen’s human rights minister asked the U.S. and other Gulf countries to help fund the $20 million facility.

“The (financial) support that the United States would offer to Yemen in this regard will not be more than what it is (currently) spending to maintain Guantanamo prison,” Houriah Mashhour told Reuters.

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