Responding to the terrorist attack at a hotel in Mali, President Obama said Saturday that the U.S. and its allies “will not allow these killers to have a safe haven” anywhere in the world.
“Once again, this barbarity only stiffens our resolve to meet this challenge,” Mr. Obama told business leaders at a summit in Malaysia. “With allies and partners, the United States will be relentless against those who target our citizens. We’ll continue to root out terrorist networks.”
Jihadists wielding automatic weapons killed at least 20 people in the hotel on Friday, just a week after Islamist terrorists killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris. Several gunmen in the attack in the west African nation are believed still to be on the loose.
Mr. Obama said that, thanks to U.S. and French security forces who happened to be nearby the hotel in Mali, “many people escaped and lives were saved, and the terrorists were prevented from causing even more bloodshed.”
“Like the heinous attacks we saw in Paris — and attacks we see all too often elsewhere — this is another awful reminder that the scourge of terrorism threatens so many of our nations,” Mr. Obama said.
The president said the U.S. and its allies are united “to push back on the hateful ideologies that fuel this terrorism; and to stand up for the universal values of tolerance and respect for human dignity that unites us and makes us stronger than any terrorist.”
“This is the work we must do together. This is the future that we have to build together,” he said.