President Obama today called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya today to express condolences to the government and people of Kenya for the terrorist attack carried out by al-Shabaab yesterday on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi.
The White House said "reiterated U.S. support for Kenya's efforts to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice" and "reaffirmed the strong and historic partnership between the United States and Kenya as well as our shared commitment to combating terrorism and promoting peace and prosperity in East Africa and around the world."
The White House on Saturday condemned "in the strongest terms the despicable terrorist attack on innocent civilians."
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the administration extended condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed or injured, including American citizens who were injured and the staff of the embassy, "who were tragically affected by this attack." She said the U.S. commended the "courageous response by Kenyan security personnel and first responders, including the Kenyan Red Cross, who stepped forward to help their fellow citizens."
She said the U.S. had offered its full support to the Kenyan Government to bring those responsible to justice: "We will continue to stand with the Kenyan people in their efforts to confront terrorism in all its forms, including the threat posed by al-Shabaab. This cowardly act against innocent civilians will not shake our resolve."