Obama 'sorry' for burnt Korans in Afghanistan
Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00
BARACK Obama apologised to Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, about the burning of Korans at a US air base, as an Afghan soldier shot dead two of his American counterparts on the third day of violence over the incident.
The White House said the US president had written expressing his regret and apologies for the mishandling of religious texts at Bagram north of Kabul, after Afghan labourers found charred copies while collecting rubbish. Mr Obama stressed the the incident was not intentional.
The letter, which the White House said was a follow-up to a phone call earlier this week between the two leaders to discuss a "long-term partnership" between Washington and Kabul, was delivered to Mr Karzai by the US ambassador Ryan Crocker. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)