Ireland accepts 2 Guantanamo inmates
Ireland has agreed to accept and resettle two inmates from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, the country's justice minister said Wednesday.
Dermot Ahern made the announcement in Dublin following a meeting with new U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney.
The move comes after Irish officials visited Washington and Guantanamo last week and identified two inmates who could be resettled in Ireland within the next two months. The men's identities and where they will live will be kept secret, Ahern said.
U.S. President Barack Obama had asked U.S. allies to take in ex-Guantanamo prisoners, but few countries have yet agreed to his request.
In June, Canada turned down a request from the U.S. government to admit some of the 17 Chinese Muslims, deemed by Washington to be members of a terrorist group, being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
However, Bermuda accepted four of them and the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau agreed to take the other 13.