Doha, 2 April (AKI) - Venezuela's leftwing president Hugo Chavez has said his country is prepared to receive suspected terrorists held in the controversial United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, which US president Barack Obama has ordered to close.
"We would have no problems in taking human beings,” Chavez (photo) told Arabic satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera on Wednesday at a summit of South American and Arab countries in Qatar's capital, Doha.
Chavez however, added that so far, his country has not been asked to assist in efforts to close the detention centre at Guantanamo - one of Obama's first executive orders as president.
Obama has ordered the controversial camp - which holds around 240 prisoners - to close by next year.
Chavez expressed hope that Obama would release all the prisoners at Guantanamo “and return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba and do away with that miserable prison.”
The Venezuelan leader also expressed the hope that Obama “makes himself into the empire’s last president,” but said: "I don't have much hope."
Many observers are waiting to see if Obama and Chavez will meet at a summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago later this month following years of hostility between the US and Venezuela.