In the wake of the tragic shooting incident in Ottawa, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "We condemn today's heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself."
Secretary Kerry spoke tonight with Canadian Foreign Minister Baird to express deepest condolences on this tragic day, and to pledge the full support of the United States to Canada as it works to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.
President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to express the American people’s solidarity with Canada following the attacks on Canadian Forces in Quebec on October 20 and in Ottawa on October 22. President Obama condemned these outrageous attacks, and reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between our people. The President offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these attacks.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, "Canada is one of the closest friends and allies of the United States. And from issues ranging from the strength of our NATO alliance, to the Ebola response, to dealing with ISIL, there's a strong partnership and friendship and alliance between the United States and Canada. The United States strongly values that relationship."
For more information:
- Remarks by President Obama on the U.S. Government's Ebola Response and the Shooting Incident in Canada, October 22, 2014
- Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Today's Attacks in Ottawa, October 22, 2014
- Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, October 22, 2014
- Readout of President Obama's Call to Prime Minister Harper of Canada, October 22, 2014
- Website of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada