AFP Saul LOEBWhite House announced that President Barack Obama sent a message to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai apologizing for burning copies of the Koran at the base of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the White House on Thursday, February 23 "The president is also in the speech delivered by Ambassador (Ryan) Crocker afternoon in Kabul regret and apologize for the incident in which the abuse of religious materials inadvertently at Bagram Air Base" , according to the agency "Reuters".
Obama said in this letter: "We will take appropriate action to avoid recurrence (these events), including the arrest of those responsible for it."
The burning of copies of the Koran at Bagram Air Base near Kabul led to the outbreak of violent protests against the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
He gave Afghan President Hamid Karzai earlier on Thursday responsibility for the burning of copies of the Koran on the Bagram U.S. officer. In a presidential statement said Karzai told the deputies of the Parliament at the presidential palace that the officer acted "ignorance and lack of understanding of" the sanctity of the Holy Quran.
On the other hand "Reuters" quotes from Afghan President Hamid Karzai as saying that "NATO has promised a fair and public hearing in the case of burning the Koran."
Political analyst: After 10 years of occupation on Washington to learn the most basic rules of dealing with respect for Islamic culture
Ahmed Fathi, a political analyst from New York that he expected a wave of protests in Afghanistan and the region because of accident burned the Koran but that does not arrive at the current stage to the level of civil disobedience. He added that he can not the U.S. administration after 10 years of occupation, to say that is responsible for this incident was not aware of what he does.
Source: Russia Today