Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has left open the possibility of the country taking former inmates from the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.
But he warned that any U.S. request for an inmate to come would be subject to legal criteria and assessed on a case-by-case basis, The Australian reports.
As the Greens warned the Prime Minister he faced a political backlash if he accepted detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a spokesman for Rudd confirmed U.S. authorities had approached Australia and other countries about resettling the detainees.
"Australia, along with a number of other countries, has been approached to consider resettling detainees from Guantanamo Bay," the Prime Minister's spokesman said.
"Any determination for an individual to come to Australia would be made on a case-by-case basis. All persons accepted to come to Australia would have to meet Australia's strict legal requirements and go through the normal and extremely rigorous assessment processes."