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U.S. anger at election claims prompt Karzai call

U.S. anger at election claims prompt Karzai call

The United States has rejected President Hamid Karzai's anti-foreigner outburst as "troubling" and "preposterous," prompting a hurried effort by the Afghan leader to make amends.
Officials said Karzai did not specifically apologize during a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday, but expressed "surprise" at the furor over his claim that foreigners orchestrated election fraud.
The row came just a few days after President Barack Obama made a secret trip to Kabul to press Karzai on tackling corruption and to demand progress on good governance, as his troop surge strategy unfolds against the Taliban.


Updated : 2021-05-10 14:12 GMT+08:00