Obama, Danish leader vow to fight terrorism
Obama offered his condolences for the victims and expressed ‘American solidarity with our Danish allies’
U.S. President Barack Obama expressed solidarity Monday with Denmark after two shootings that shocked the Nordic nation, and vowed to confront anti-Semitism and assaults on freedom of expression together with Copenhagen, Agence France Presse reported.
During a telephone call, Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt “agreed on the need to work together to confront attacks on freedom of expression as well as against anti-Semitic violence,” the White House said in a statement.
It said Obama offered his condolences for the victims and expressed “American solidarity with our Danish allies.”
Obama also welcomed Denmark’s participation in a three-day, high-level summit he is hosting this week to share best practices and agree on a plan of action to counter radicalization, recruitment and incitement to violence, the White House said.
Last week, two people were killed during attacks in the Nordic nation.
The first victim, 55-year-old filmmaker Finn Norgaard, was killed when a gunman opened fire during a debate on free speech on Saturday.
The same attacker then targeted Copenhagen’s main synagogue, killing 37-year-old Dan Uzan.
Faced with the spectacle of European Jews being again targeted by extremists, just over a month after similar attacks in Paris, governments were scrambling to reassure their Jewish communities.