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Saudi-U.S. Meeting Touches on Detainees

Hoping to win the release of Saudis detained at the Navy prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a government delegation from Saudi Arabia met this week with State Department officials, a spokesman for the kingdom’s embassy said yesterday. Nail Jubeir, spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said that the future of the 124 men held at the U.S. Navy prison was raised in wider talks on U.S.-Saudi relations. Saudi nationals form one of the largest contingents among the approximately 660 detainees from 42 nations at the prison, most of whom were captured in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the war in 2001. In May, the United States took the unique step of transferring four Saudi nationals from Guantanamo Bay to Riyadh on the condition that they remain in detention in Saudi Arabia. Sixty-four men have been released and repatriated, while the rest continue to be held without charges. Full Story

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