U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

The  in a statement said, “The United States is grateful to the Government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Kenya and the U.S. on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment on security cooperation and in the war against terrorism to help prevent future terror attacks in the East African nation. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

“The United States coordinated with the Government of Ghana to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” it noted.

The two detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, according to reports, left for Ghana Wednesday January 6, 2016.

The Pentagon has announced that the transfer of the two detainees is the first of an expected 17 similar transfers that have been approved for January 2016.

Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby were held for more than 13 years at the detention facility in Cuba and ere unanimously approved for transfer by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force.

According to statement from the Pentagon, the task force is comprised of six departments and agencies charged with determining which detainees can be safely transferred from the facility.

Currently, the Guantanamo Bay now holds 105 detainees. Fifty-nine are not eligible for transfer for security reasons.

Ash Carter, US Defense Secretary in December 2015 informed Congress that 17 detainees would be transferred from the facility to other nations throughout January.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has promised to close the Guantanamo Bay facility since he was a candidate in 2008, but has struggled to do so amid Congressional opposition to move detainees to a prison in the United States.
However interesting as it may, the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act which was passed in November banned moving any detainees to the United States.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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