On Monday, officials called the Vatican to find “humanitarian solutions” for the Guantanamo prison detainees, Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi said.
Secretary of State, John Kerry, made the request at a meeting with his counterpart from the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
Although the Vatican did not elaborate on what help was available to the United States, a senior State Department official said that John Kerry echoed President Obama’s commitment to the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison, and illustrated the recent developments in diplomatic efforts to move the prisoners to third world countries, which include Uruguay among others.
President Obama has been seeking a way to close the prison since being elected to the White House in 2009. So far these attempts have failed in part because of the resistance from Congress.
The terrorism suspects have been at Guantanamo Bay prison since the attacks of September 11th.
Currently, the Guantanamo prison houses 148 prisoners.