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Kuwait calls on US to close Guantanomo Bay detention facility

Deputy PM says closure of facility would create a more positive US image in the Islamic world.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, said on Sunday he discussed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a number of issues, including the closure of the Guantanomo Bay detention centre, fighting terrorism and charitable societies' activities.

"What the US needs (to do) is to create a positive image in the Islamic world of the new approach laid (down) by President Obama, which is through the closure of (the) Guantanamo detention facility and allowing charitable societies to help needy and poor societies, because it will protect them from terrorist groups," Sheikh Mohammad told KUNA.

He added that fighting charitable societies by capping their activities would create a vacuum that could easily be filled by the said terrorist organisations.

Kuwait's charitable societies are cooperating fully with the government and work under it supervision, he further noted.