Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders

President Barack Obama expresses his apology about air strike on Afghan hospital to Doctors Without Borders

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after the U.S air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has officially expressed his apology to Doctors Without Borders for the bombing of an Afghan hospital, killing 12 doctors and 10 patients.

The president called the head of the organization to personally to apologize about the accident as US admitted that Saturday’s airstrike was a “mistake.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “When the United States makes a mistake, we own up to it, we apologize.”

After the airstrike, Mr.Earnest said that they were not ready to comment on the incident while three investigations had started.

However, on Wednesday, Obama said that he had "learned enough about this matter to conclude that it was appropriate for him to offer an apology,” CNN reported.

Obama ensured that the ongoing investigations will make sure such incidents will not happen again in the future.

"The President assured Dr. Liu 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, if necessary, the President would implement changes that would make tragedies like this one less likely to occur in the future," Mr. Earnest told reporters.

President Obama continued his apology to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after calling him to offer his condolences for the Afghan people who lost their lives during the air strike.

According to the White House, the two leaders "reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and to continuing their dialogue about ways to deepen diplomatic, economic and security cooperation to promote a more stable and secure Afghanistan."

At the same time, Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu stated "We received President Obama's apology today for the attack against our trauma hospital in Afghanistan."

"However, we reiterate our ask that the U.S. government consent to an independent investigation led by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to establish what happened in Kunduz, how it happened, and why it happened."

TRTWorld and agencies