White House: No timeline yet for closure of Guantanamo Bay
UPDATED 5:55 PM PT – Monday, July 19, 2021
The White House indicated plans to shut down Guantanamo Bay, but declined to offer a timeline for its closure. Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the pending closure on Monday, which followed the Biden administration’s first transfer of a detainee from the military prison.
However, Psaki stopped short of announcing a target date to shut down the facility.
“There are 39 detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay,” she explained. “10 are eligible for transfer, 17 are eligible for a Periodic Review Board, 10 are involved in the military commissions process and 2 detainees have been convicted.”
The U.S. successfully transferred former GTMO detainee Abdul Latif Nasir to his native country of Morocco. We are grateful to the Kingdom of Morocco for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. https://t.co/ODHfhbxYMT
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) July 19, 2021
Psaki went on to add the Biden administration is considering all avenues to responsibly transfer detainees and ultimately close Guantanamo Bay.