On September 6, 2007, the US Department of Defense (DOD) reported that 16 Guantanamo Bay detainees had been transferred back to their home country of Saudi Arabia. At the time, the DOD indicated there were 80 detainees at the base that could be transferred. Other countries were hesitant to take in the transferred detainees. The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, welcomed the return of the detainees, however, and mentioned the country's willingness to accept all Saudi detainees being kept at Guantanamo.
Read an overview of Guantanamo Bay in Features.