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Obama makes Gitmo releases before Trump takes power

President Obama has committed to transferring prisoners from Guantanamo before leaving office on Friday. Credit: PA

Oman has announced it has given "temporary residency" to 10 prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay as Barack Obama continues his push to shrink the prison's population before leaving the White House.

President Obama pledged to shut the base down at the controversial Cuba-based US military prison when he campaigned for the presidency in 2008.

He last secured the release of prisoners in August 2016 before Oman's foreign ministry confirmed the latest transfer in a statement.

To meet a request by the US government to assist in settling the issue of the detainees at Guantanamo, out of consideration of their humanitarian situation, 10 people released from that prison arrived in the Sultanate of Oman for a temporary residency.

– Oman's foreign ministry

The outgoing president's declared commitment to transfers from 'Gitmo' earlier this month remains in direct opposition to his successor, who tweeted: