WASHINGTON – Two individuals formerly in US custody at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility are to be transferred to Serbia, the US Department of State has announced, thanking Serbia for the “generous assistance.”

“The United States appreciates the generous assistance of Serbia as the United States continues its efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. This significant humanitarian gesture is consistent with Serbia’s leadership on the global stage,” the US Department of State said in a press release.

“On July 11, the Department of Defence announced the transfer of a Tajik national, Muhammadi Davlatov, and a Yemeni national, Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi, to Serbia. Each detainee was unanimously approved for transfer by six US government departments and agencies,” the statement said.

“Serbia joins 30 other countries which, since 2009, have extended resettlement opportunities to over 100 detainees,” it also said.