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Dispute over US apology clouds Afghanistan deal

Updated: 2013-11-21 07:15
By Agencies in Kabul, Afghanistan and Washington ( China Daily)

Last-minute efforts to finalize a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan were clouded on Tuesday by differences over whether US President Barack Obama had agreed to issue a letter acknowledging US mistakes made during the 12-year war.

The Afghan government said it received assurances that a letter would be provided this week to a grand council of Afghan elders. But Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, insisted that such an offer - which would draw criticism from Republicans and anger US war veterans - is "not on the table".

Washington has ruled out apologizing to Afghanistan for "mistakes" made during war and denied claims in Kabul that a mea culpa was being drafted.

Dispute over US apology clouds Afghanistan deal