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Germany in secret talks with US to take in Guantanamo detainees

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, March 27, IRNA -- Germany is involved in secret talks with the US to take in an unspecified number of inmates still languishing at the Guantanamo detention camp, the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel said in a report to hit the newsstands Sunday.

Last week, a German delegation met with some of the prisoners who are on its short-list, at the US military jail.

The German interior ministry had received late last year a list of names by US special envoy Daniel Fried who is in charge of relocating Guantanamo detainees to other countries.

Both sides have been involved in secret talks over the modalities of the prisoner transfer over the past several months.

A handful of inmates, among them a Palestinian and a Syrian, are set to be released by the US.

German authorities have conducted personal interviews with the inmates to see whether they could be taken in by Germany.

More than 180 inmates remain reportedly in America's notorious prison for foreign
terrorism suspects in Cuba.

The Obama administration, which aims to shut down the Guantanamo prison, has struggled to relocate detainees deemed to no longer pose a threat to US interests.

Few of its foreign allies have been willing to accept them and there is strong opposition within America to having them on US territory.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1026087

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