‘Off the Table’: Kerry Rules Out US Return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

© AFP 2022 / POOL//Brennan LinsleyIn this photo, reviewed by the US Military, a guard leans on a fencepost as a Guantanamo detainee, left, jogs inside the exercise yard at Camp 5 detention center, the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009
In this photo, reviewed by the US Military, a guard leans on a fencepost as a Guantanamo detainee, left, jogs inside the exercise yard at Camp 5 detention center, the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009 - Sputnik International
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The closure of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay is not currently under discussions as the United States and Cuba move toward normalizing relations, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Since 1903, the United States has had a lease on Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay, where the US naval base is located. Since the severing of US-Cuba relations in 1959, Cuba has demanded the return of Guantanamo Bay, calling the US control of the territory illegal.

"At the moment, there is no current discussion or plan to change the arrangement with respect to Guantanamo," Kerry said at a press conference in Havana.

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Kerry told the press that while he cannot tell what issues will be addressed by the US and Cuban governments in the future, the issue of US possession of the Guantanamo Bay is "not on the table."

A US and Cuban delegation met in Havana on Friday to celebrate the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The United States and Cuba officially restored diplomatic ties on July 20, 2015, when they reopened embassies in Washington, DC and Havana.

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