Afghanistan wants its Gitmo inmates out

Afghanistan has once again renewed its call on the United States to close the notorious Guantanamo prison and immediately hand over the Afghan prisoners there to the government in Kabul, Press TV reports.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai made the appeal during a meeting with a US congressional delegation in the Afghan capital on Sunday.

Karzai also welcomed a recent announcement by US President Barack Obama to shut down Guantanamo.

Over 160 prisoners including Afghans are still held in the prison.

In a major policy speech at Washingtonâ„¢s National Defense University on May 23, Obama called Guantanamo a Å“symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law.”

During the speech, Obama was heckled by a member of the audience over the failure of his administration to close the prison.

The Guantanamo prison was initially established on January 11, 2002, under former US President George W. Bush to hold suspects captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Obama promised in early 2009 to close the prison within 12 months, but four years on, the controversial prison remains open. The US president has put the blame on the Congress for his failure to make good on his promise.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV