Spain offers to help Obama in closing Guantanamo

January 22nd, 2009 - 12:45 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaMadrid, Jan 21 (DPA) Spain Wednesday offered to help US President Barack Obama in closing the prison camp in Guantanamo in Cuba.Spain would, however, first want to be informed in detail about the legal situation of each of the Guantanamo inmates, Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos told the Punto Radio.

Moratinos congratulated Obama for having suspended prosecutions at Guantanamo for 120 days immediately after being sworn in Tuesday.

Spain would want to be informed about the legal situation and origin of the prisoners in order to “assume its responsibility” within the international judicial framework, the minister explained.

With Obama now in power, Spain is expecting to improve its relations with the US, which deteriorated after Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero recalled Spanish troops from Iraq immediately after taking office in 2004.

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