Joint letter of President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker to US President Barack Obama following the attack in Orlando
EU News 213/2016
On Sunday morning we learned with deep sadness of the horrifying tragedy in Orlando, Florida that has claimed some 50 lives and has left indelible scars on so many more. This was an attack on all Americans who share the values of equality and freedom; this was an attack on the very way of life which we treasure on both sides of the Atlantic.
We express our deepest condolences to the families, friends and community of the victims as well as to the population of Orlando and all those further afield affected by this terrible event.
The United States and Europe have during the last months repeatedly been attacked. But each time we have stood up again and reached out to each other in solidarity, as true allies. In these challenging times we would like to assure you, Mr President, of the European Union's continued support, assistance and cooperation in combatting those who seek to challenge the common values we hold dear.
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