US strongly condemns Sri Lanka’s “outrageous terrorist” attacks

WASHINGTON, The United States strongly condemned Sunday the “outrageous terrorist” attacks in Sri Lanka that killed over 200 people and wounded hundreds others.

The White House said in a statement that “the United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that have claimed so many precious lives on this Easter Sunday.” It affirmed “we stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts.” President Donald Trump offered in a tweet “heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” saying “we stand ready to help!” Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement that “attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.

“These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism,” he stressed.

“We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.” Pompeo also confirmed that several US citizens were among those killed in the attacks and that the US Embassy “is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency