Pentagon chief says ‘not confident’ about Guantanamo closure

US President Barack Obama would probably not able to keep his 2008 campaign promise to shut down the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his presidency next year.

In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said he is not confident about the closure of the jail by the time Obama leaves office.

“I’m not confident, but I am hopeful. I think we’ll have a good proposal, and I think we’re hoping it wins the support that it needs in Congress, so that we can move forward,” he said.

The Pentagon is working on a proposal about the closure of the prison to present to Congress and Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain.

Carter said that McCain “said he’d be receptive to considering a proposal of that kind that would allow those people who cannot be released to be placed in a facility in the US, rather than Guantanamo Bay, and then we can close Guantanamo Bay.”

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