The United States has released 10 more inmates from its military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferred them to Oman, a last-ditch effort by the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama to deliver on a years-old pledge to shutter the controversial facility.
Oman confirmed on Monday morning that it had accepted the 10 inmates upon a request by Obama himself.
“To meet a request by the US government to assist in settling the issue of the detainees at Guantanamo, out of consideration of their humanitarian situation, 10 people released from that prison arrived in the Sultanate of Oman for a temporary residency,” Reuters reported, quoting a statement by the sultanate’s foreign ministry.
The statement did not disclose the names or the nationality of the prisoners.
The development came days after the Pentagon announced that it had cleared 19 of the remaining 55 prisoners at the facility for release before the end of Obama’s second…