The White House is in the “final stages” of drafting a plan to close the controversial US military prison Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman has said.

Josh Earnest said the closure of the Cuban detention camp was a national security interest.

It was one of the first directives President Barack Obama ordered two months after he was elected in 2008.

Inmates have slowly been transferred out and at the start of the year, 122 men were left.

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