On Thursday Vice President Joe Biden said he expects that the Guantanamo Bay detention center will be shuttered before President Barack Obama’s second term ends.
During a trip to Sweden, Biden told reporters that it is his “hope and expectation” that Guantanamo Bay would close before he and President Obama leave office in January, as reported by the Daily News.
Obama made the closure of Guantanamo Bay a focus of his first presidential campaign in 2008.
He’s tried several times to close the facility but each time was met with Congressional opposition.
Earlier this month, 15 prisoners from Guantanamo were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the largest release of detainees during Obama’s time in office.
Sixty-one detainees remain at the facility, located in Cuba.
Guantanamo Bay was opened in 2002 to hold foreign fighters with suspected links to either the Taliban or al-Qaeda terror organizations.
The Associated Press and the Daily News contributed to this report.