Sixteen Saudi prisoners from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay arrived in Riyadh on Thursday after being handed over to Saudi authorities, the interior ministry said.
Their transfer brings to 93 the number of Saudi detainees so far handed over to the kingdom, while 37 remain incarcerated at the notorious prison camp in Cuba.
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency that Riyadh was making every effort to secure the return of the Saudi nationals still at Guantanamo.
Washington in July repatriated 16 Saudi inmates from Guantanamo Bay, which was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks to hold prisoners rounded up in Afghanistan and elsewhere as part of its global campaign.
About 800 detainees have passed through Guantanamo Bay since it opened, and several hundred are still being held there without charge.
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