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Guantanamo Bay

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Harries of Pentregarth Lord Harries of Pentregarth Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Mr Aamer’s case remains a high priority for the British Government and we continue to make clear to the US that we want him released and returned to the UK as a matter of urgency. On the 17 June the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Cameron, raised Mr Aamer’s case with President Obama in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister later wrote to President Obama reaffirming the importance the UK places on the request for Mr Aamer’s release. Notwithstanding the British Government’s best endeavours, any decision regarding Mr Aamer’s release remains in the hands of the US Government.

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