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President Karzai urges U.S. to close Guantanamo prison

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Hamid KarzaiAfghan president Hamid Karzai during a brief visit to Denmark on Thursday urged for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

This comes as U.S. President Barack Obama mulls a renewed push before a reluctant U.S. Congress.

President Karzai on Thursday told reporters, “I have from the very beginning been a very strong supporter for the closing down of the Guantanamo prison.”

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order for the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison soon after he took office however Congress has used its budgetary power to block detainees from being moved to the United States.

In the meantime president Hamid Karzai during his visit to Denmark said Afghanistan had asked the U.S. administration for the release of Afghan prisoners being held in Guantanamo.

Karzai said, “We have been in contact with the U.S. for a couple of years about their release.”

President Hamid Karzai is on a regional visit and arrived in Denmark after visiting Finland and Estonia. He met with the Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to discuss bilateral ties between the two nations and sign a long term strategic cooperation agreement.

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