July 18, 2003
During their meeting on July 17, 2003, the President and Prime Minister Blair
discussed the issue of U.K. nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay.
The President and the Prime Minister have asked American and British legal
experts to meet to discuss a range of options for disposition of the British
detainees. Pending these discussions, the President has determined not to
commence any military commission proceedings against U.K. nationals. The
President and the Prime Minister are confident that their experts will be
able to agree on a solution that satisfies the mutual interests of the U.S.
and the U.K. To this end, we welcome the visit to Washington early next week
of a British delegation led by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.
Similarly, the United States will not commence military commission proceedings
against any Australian nationals pending parallel discussions with Australian
legal experts next week.