Obama Offers ‘Condolences’ to Pakistan

U.S. President Barack Obama called Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to “personally express his condolences” regarding a NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, the White House said in a statement.

The president’s telephone call today came more than a week after the Nov. 25 attack on Pakistani border posts by North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircraft that triggered an angry backlash in Pakistan.

Pakistan closed border crossings used by trucks shipping supplies to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, ordered U.S. personnel out of Shamsi Airbase in Baluchistan province and announced plans to boycott an international conference on Afghanistan to be held in Germany.

“The president made clear that this regrettable incident was not a deliberate attack on Pakistan and reiterated the United States’ strong commitment to a full investigation,” according to the White House statement.

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