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Holbrooke regrets comments on Kabul attack

US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke has apologisesd to India for saying that Indians were not the target of last week's Kabul terror attack.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 5, 2010 11:23:05 am

Two days after his statement on Kabul attack,which did not go well with authorities in India,US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke on Friday made a turnaround and said he regretted any ‘misunderstanding’ caused by his comments that Indians were not the target of the terror strike.

Holbrooke said: “I did not say Indians were not targeted,but that initially it looked like the target was not an official Indian facility. Early reports on events like this are often unreliable,and I try not to jump to conclusions.”

“We all know that Indian citizens have and continue to be targeted by terrorists,including inside Afghanistan,” he added.

He also lauded India’s willingness to take risks and make sacrifices to help Afghanistan and said this was testament to India’s commitment global peace and prosperity.

The full statement by Richard Holbrooke:

I regret any misunderstanding caused by my comments on the recent terrorist attack in Kabul,which claimed the lives of 6 Indians and at least ten citizens of other nations. I did not say Indians were not targeted,but that initially it looked like the target was not an official Indian facility. Early reports on events like this are often unreliable,and I try not to jump to conclusions. We all know that Indian citizens have and continue to be targeted by terrorists,including inside Afghanistan. My heart goes out to the families of all of the victims.

The Afghan people and international community deeply appreciate the very substantial humanitarian and reconstruction assistance that India provides Afghanistan. The willingness of India to take risks and make sacrifices to help Afghanistan is testament to India’s commitment global peace and prosperity and a vital part of the international commitment to Afghanistan’s future.

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