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Obama sends letter of apology to Karzai over Koran burning

Sept. 20, 2011: President Obama meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York.

Sept. 20, 2011: President Obama meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York.  (AP)

The Afghan president's office says it has received a letter from President Obama formally apologizing for the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan

The statement from President Hamid Karzai's office says the U.S. ambassador delivered the letter on Thursday. 

In the letter, which is quoted in the statement, Obama expresses his "deep regret for the reported incident" and offers his "sincere apologies." 

According to the statement, Obama wrote: "The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible."