By Stephen Kaufman
President Obama expressed condolences to the Norwegian people after terror attacks targeted their government’s headquarters in Oslo and a youth camp outside the city, and he urged the international community to work together on security cooperation to help prevent terrorism.
In remarks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the White House July 22, Obama said the United States will “provide any support that we can” to Norwegian authorities as they investigate the attacks.
Earlier in the day, a bomb detonated outside of Oslo’s main government buildings, reportedly killing seven people and seriously wounding two. The incident was followed by a shooting attack on young people attending a camp in Utoeya, an island outside of Oslo, which reportedly killed at least nine people. Norwegian police have reportedly said the shooter who was arrested has ties to the bombing in Oslo.
The president offered his personal condolences to the Norwegian people and said the attacks are “a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring.”
It also demonstrates that “we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks,” he said.
Prime Minister Key said that if the attacks are found to have been an act of global terrorism, then “what it shows is no country, large or small, is immune from that risk.”
“That’s why New Zealand plays its part in Afghanistan as we try and join others like the United States in making the world a safer place,” he said.
(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. )