A Kuwaiti security team has received the last remaining Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo, Fayez Al-Kanderi, who is now on the way home, the country's Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said on Friday.
In a statement to KUNA, Sheikh Salem congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti people and Al-Kanderi's family on the release of the ex-detainee.
He added that the decision to set Al-Kanderi free embodied the elevated directives by His Highness the Amir, and his keenness during contacts with former US president George W. Bush and current Barack Obama, on closing that file.
The release was also the outcome of instructions and unremitting follow-up by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, he added.
In addition, Ambassador Sheikh Salem "proudly" recalled the role, and non-stop efforts by the committee of the families of Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo, over the past years.
Al-Kanderi's release is a positive progress in bilateral relations, marking the end of a sensitive issue that has always topped priorities of the Kuwaiti government in contacts with the US, he stressed.
"It is the end of a 13-years period, which witnessed hard efforts and constant contacts to bring the file to an end." Moreover, the move reflects real assessment of Kuwait's role in countering terrorism, and the serious steps the country has taken in cooperation with the international community in this regard, Sheikh Salem said.