Italy to Take 3 Gitmo Detainees

Obama, Berlusconi discuss range of issues
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 8:54 AM CDT
Italy to Take 3 Gitmo Detainees
President Barack Obama, seated second from left, meets with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the White House Oval Office, Monday, June 15, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi, seeking to restore some shine to his tattered international image, yesterday agreed to take three detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The Italian PM praised President Obama for his "deep knowledge" after a 2-hour-plus meeting at the White House, the AP reports. The leaders discussed topics ranging from Gitmo to the agenda for July’s G8 summit in Italy.

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Obama said he “thanked the prime minister for his support of our policy of closing Guantanamo," Reuters reports. "This is not just talk. Italy has agreed to accept three specific detainees." Berlusconi lauded Obama for the "precision and accuracy with which he discusses all of the issues." The EU said yesterday that its nations are ready to help with the Guantanamo closing, taking detainees on a case-by-case basis. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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