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Obama says Pakistan troop deaths "regrettable"

12-05-2011 10:41 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has called Pakistan's president to offer condolences over the NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops. The November 26th strike has provoked a crisis in relations between the two countries.

A White House statement says Obama told President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday that the soldiers’ deaths were "regrettable" and this accident was not deliberate. The statement also said that Obama had reiterated the strong US commitment to a full investigation.

President Barack Obama, pictured on December 2, on Sunday expressed condolences to
Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari for the deaths last month of 24 Pakistani
troops, saying the NATO airstrikes that killed them were not a "deliberate attack."

The comments stopped short of a formal apology but were aimed at soothing Pakistani fury over the incident.

Washington views cooperation with Islamabad as crucial to helping to stabilize the region.

U.S. officials gave Pakistan soldiers the wrong location when asking for clearance to
attack militants along the border last weekend, Pakistani military officials said
Friday. The strike resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers and a major crisis in
relations between Washington and Islamabad.

U.S. officials gave Pakistan soldiers the wrong location when asking for clearance to
attack militants along the border last weekend, Pakistani military officials said
Friday. The strike resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers and a major crisis in
relations between Washington and Islamabad.

U.S. officials gave Pakistan soldiers the wrong location when asking for clearance to
attack militants along the border last weekend, Pakistani military officials said
Friday. The strike resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers and a major crisis in
relations between Washington and Islamabad.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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