Tuesday, July 21, 2009

President Barack Obama condemns bomb attacks in Jakarta

US President Barack Obama condemned the bomb attacks on JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta which killed at least nine people on Friday morning, 17 July 2009.

Source ANTARA News, The US president said that his government as a friend and partner was ready to assist Indonesia in its recovery efforts after the bomb attacks.

"I strongly condemn the attacks that occurred this morning in Jakarta, and extend my deepest condolences to all the victims and their loved ones." Obama said on Friday.

He said that the American people stood by the Indonesian people in this difficult time, and the U.S. government stood ready to help the Indonesian government respond to and recover from these outrageous attacks as a friend and partner.

"Indonesia has been steadfast in combating violent extremism, and has successfully curbed terrorist activities within its borders. However, these attacks make it clear that extremists remain committed to murdering innocent men, women and children of any faith in all countries," he added.

The US president promised that his government would continue to partner with Indonesia to eliminate the threat from these violent extremists, and "we will be unwavering in supporting a future of security and opportunity for the Indonesian people."

The same statement was also made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She said :"We condemn these senseless acts of violence and stand ready to provide assistance if the Indonesian government requests us to do so."

Clinton said that the attacks reflected the viciousness of violent extremists, and reminded the people that the threat of terrorism remained very real.

She said they had no higher priority than confronting this threat along with other countries that shared the US commitment to a more peaceful and prosperous future.

Two strong bomb blasts occurred at the two hotels at 7.45 am on Friday, killing at least nine people and injuring 52 others.

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