01:18 GMT06 August 2020
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    US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at being unable to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, saying it was a disgrace and a waste of money, in a Tuesday address in Florida.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Cuba prison that currently holds 59 detainees without pressing charges dishonors America, Obama said.

    "We are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars to keep fewer than 60 people in a detention facility in Cuba. That’s not strength … And I will continue to do all that I can to remove this blot on our national honor," Obama said.

    Its population was reduced last week after a Yemeni man was transferred to an island off the West Africa coast.

    President Obama, who was speaking as US commander-in-chief for the last time before he leaves office in January, made a pre-election pledge in 2008 to close the detention facility by 2010. His successor, Donald Trump, said he would keep the prison running.


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