Obama: U.S. Stands With Belgium

HAVANA (Reuters) -
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Gran Teatro (“Great Theater”) in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

President Barack Obama spoke by telephone from Cuba on Tuesday with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to offer his condolences and support after the attacks in Brussels that killed at least 34 people, the White House said on Tuesday.

“The President reaffirmed the steadfast support of the United States for Belgium, and offered any assistance necessary in investigating these attacks and bringing those responsible to justice,” the White House said.

Obama called for nations around the world to unite to defeat terrorism, saying the thoughts and prayers of Americans were with Belgium after the attacks in Brussels that killed 34 people.

“We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” Obama later told Cubans during an event organized in honor of his historic visit to Havana. “We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”