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Uruguay foreign minister says Mujica improvised with ex-Guantanamo detainees, Syrian refugees

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 photo, former Guantanamo prisoners, from left, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi from Tunisia, Ali Husain Shaaban from Syria, Abedlhadi Omar Faraj from Syria, Ahmed Adnan Ajuri from Syria, and Palestinian Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan interact with journalists standing under the balcony of the home where they're living in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay’s foreign minister said Wednesday, May 13, 2015, that former President Jose Mujica acted without foresight when he welcomed six ex-Guantanamo detainees and 42 Syrians to the South American country. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 photo, former Guantanamo prisoners, from left, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi from Tunisia, Ali Husain Shaaban from Syria, Abedlhadi Omar Faraj from Syria, Ahmed Adnan Ajuri from Syria, and Palestinian Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan interact with journalists standing under the balcony of the home where they're living in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay’s foreign minister said Wednesday, May 13, 2015, that former President Jose Mujica acted without foresight when he welcomed six ex-Guantanamo detainees and 42 Syrians to the South American country. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)  (The Associated Press)

Uruguay's foreign minister says then President Jose Mujica acted without foresight when he welcomed six freed Guantanamo detainees and 42 Syrians to the South American country.

The men were released from the U.S. military prison in December after nearly 13 years in detention for alleged ties to al-Qaida. Mujica invited them to resettle before he left office.

Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa told local radio Sarandi on Wednesday the decision was "not properly foreseen."

The men have not thrived in Uruguay, and four of them began a protest April 23 in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo. They're unhappy about their circumstances and the amount of aid Uruguay's government has extended.

The foreign minister said Mujica also lacked foresight when he welcomed 42 Syrian refugees last October.