Obama Extends Condolences To The People Of Norway

Jul 22, 2011 2:47pm

ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) reports:

President Obama offered his condolences to the people of Oslo, Norway for the attack today that shattered a government building, killing at least seven people, saying it serves as a reminder to the international community to work together to prevent terror.

While the White House is still gathering information on the attack, Obama said the United States will provide any support it can to the ongoing investigation into the apparent bombing and subsequent shooting at a youth meeting.

“We don’t have information yet, but I wanted to personally extend my condolences to the people of Norway,” Obama said during an Oval Office meeting with the New Zealand Prime Minister. “It’s a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring and that we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks.”

On a personal note, Obama said that he remembers fondly his visit to Oslo and “how warmly the people of Norway treated me.”

“Our hearts go out to them and we will provide any support we can to them as they investigate these occurrences,” the president concluded.

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