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Rumsfeld Invites Kuwaitis to Visit Their Citizens at Guantanamo

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

MANAMA, Bahrain, June 10, 2002 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today he has invited Kuwaiti government representatives to visit the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The secretary said he and Kuwaiti leaders during meetings June 9 and today discussed the 12 Kuwaiti nationals captured in Afghanistan and currently among the nearly 400 held at Guantanamo.

"We have invited representatives of the Kuwaiti government to visit and meet with the individuals captured in Afghanistan," Rumsfeld said in a press conference moments before departing Kuwait.

"The purpose of the visit clearly would be to assist in intelligence gathering and, second, to determine the extent to which there may be any law enforcement interest with respect to those individuals," he said.

No date for the visit has been set, he said.

Rumsfeld is on a 10-day mission that will have taken him through Europe, the Middle East and South Asia by the time he returns to Washington late this week.

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