WASHINGTON (AP) — Kuwait's ruler says he has asked President Barack Obama to speed the process of releasing two countrymen held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Obama earlier this year announced a renewed effort to close the facility. Congress thus far has thwarted his efforts.
Kuwait's Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah says he discussed the continued detention of the Kuwaiti detainees with Obama during an Oval Office meeting Friday. He says he asked Obama to speed up the process of releasing them in keeping with the president's stated commitment to close the facility.
Obama did not mention Guantanamo during remarks by both leaders to the media after the meeting.
Kuwait's two remaining prisoners have been accused of belonging to a terrorist group.