Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Obama apologises to MSF and Afghans for Kunduz strike

US President Barack Obama called the head of medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the Afghan president to apologise for the US air strike that hit a hospital in the provincial capital of Kunduz.

Obama called on Wednesday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and MSF President Joanne Liu to apologise for the loss of life in the air strike that killed 22 people and injured 37 others.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama offered his condolences to the aid group's staff and assured that there would be a thorough and objective accounting of the facts.

  • Earnest said Obama told the group that the US, if necessary, would make changes so such incidents are less likely to happen.

The White House said Obama also pledged to keep working closely with Ghani's government....

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  1. Readout of the President’s Call with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu ...

    The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary

    "President Obama spoke today by phone with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International President Dr. Joanne Liu to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a U.S. military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. During the call, President Obama expressed regret over the tragic incident and offered his thoughts and prayers on behalf of the American people to the victims, their families, and loved ones. Acknowledging the great respect he has for the important and lifesaving work that MSF does for vulnerable communities in Afghanistan and around the world, the President assured Dr. Liu of his expectation that the Department of Defense investigation currently underway would provide a transparent, thorough, and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident and pledged full cooperation with the joint investigations being conducted with NATO and the Afghan Government."


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