US president offered his condolences and said deaths of 24 Pakistani troops were ‘regrettable’ but accidental
Barack Obama said good US relations with Pakistan were critical to both nations. Photograph: Benjamin J Myers/Corbis
Barack Obama has called Pakistan’s president to offer condolences over the Nato air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops and sparked a crisis in relations between the two countries.
Obama told President Asif Ali Zardari that the soldiers’ deaths were “regrettable” and accidental, according to a White House statement.
He reiterated his call for a full investigation of the 26 November incident and said the US relationship with Pakistan was critical to the security interests of both nations.