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Shaker Aamer

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, column 631W, on Shaker Aamer, what steps he is taking to ensure Shaker Aamer is released into UK jurisdiction as a matter of urgency and not forcibly sent to any other country upon release; what representations he has made to the new State Department envoy Clifford Sloan on this matter; what steps he has taken to follow up the Prime Minister's raising of the case with President Obama at the G8 summit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Mr Aamer's case remains a high priority for the UK Government and Ministers and senior officials maintain an active dialogue with the US on this issue. Following the G8, the Prime Minister wrote to President Obama regarding Mr Aamer's case. The UK Government is committed to engaging with the Special Envoys for Guantanamo Bay, in the US Departments of State and Defense, as soon as possible. Any decision regarding Mr Aamer's release remains in the hands of the US Government.

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