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Obama says U.S. to redouble efforts to close Guantanamo

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference after a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference after a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States would step up its attempts to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

"Even as we remain vigilant about the threat of terrorism, we must move beyond the mindset of perpetual war and in America that means redoubling our efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo," Obama said in a speech in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

"It means tightly controlling our use of new technology like drones, it means balancing the pursuit of security with the protection of privacy," he added.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton, editing by Gareth Jones)

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