U.S. promises review of Kuwait Guantanamo inmates

KUWAIT Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:53am EDT

The signature of U.S. President Barack Obama while he signs an executive order about the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, in the Oval Office on second official day at White House in Washington, January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The signature of U.S. President Barack Obama while he signs an executive order about the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, in the Oval Office on second official day at White House in Washington, January 22, 2009.

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KUWAIT (Reuters) - The United States has promised to review the case of four Kuwaiti citizens detained in the U.S. prison of Guantanamo Bay, state news agency KUNA cited an official statement as saying late on Saturday.

The statement was made after a visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her first to the Gulf Arab state since she took office in January.

She met with her Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah on Saturday.

"Clinton promised that Washington would rapidly and seriously review the files of the four Kuwaiti prisoners and notify Kuwait in this regard as soon as possible," KUNA said, citing a statement by Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sheikh Mohammad said the four Kuwaiti prisoners should be handed over to Kuwait, "to prosecute them if they deserved to be tried", according to KUNA.

Many of the men held at Guantanamo were captured in Afghanistan in the U.S.-led war to oust the Taliban after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Many have been held for seven years without charges and some were subjected to interrogation techniques denounced by critics as torture.

In one of his first acts in office in January, President Barack Obama ordered the closing within a year of the Guantanamo prison camp, which now holds about 240 detainees.

(Reporting by Eman Goma; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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