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United States Condemns Terrorist Bombings in Egyptian Resort

Secretary Rice pledges U.S. will stand with Egypt to "defeat this scourge"

Posted: July 23, 2005 (Updated: July 25, 2005)


President George W. Bush shakes hands with Egypt's Ambassador Nabil Fahmy after signing the condolence book at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, Monday, July 25, accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush . "Laura and I have come to your embassy to express our heart-felt sympathies for those who have lost their lives, and our strong determination to stand with the government of Egypt and the people of Egypt in rejecting this kind of violence and terror," Bush says. ( AP/WWP)
The United States is condemning "in the strongest possible terms" the terrorist bombings in the Egyptian Red Sea Resort of Sharm el Sheikh February 23 reported to have killed at least 88 people.

A White House statement issued the same day said that President Bush spoke with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and "offered his personal condolences and the support of the American people." The statement added that "The United States stands ready to assist the Government of Egypt in helping the victims and bringing the perpetrators of these acts to justice."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also issued a statement condemning the bombing and declaring that the United States is pledged to stand with Egypt to "defeat this scourge that knows no boundary and respects no creed,"

Following are the texts of the White House statement and the secretary of state's statement:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 23, 2005

Statement By The Press Secretary

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the barbaric terrorist attacks in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt that killed and injured scores of innocent civilians from many nations and religious faiths. We offer our prayers for the victims and their families and join the international community in deeply deploring this assault on the civilized world.

The President spoke with President Mubarak this morning and offered his personal condolences and the support of the American people. The United States stands firmly with the people of Egypt at this time of national mourning. The United States stands ready to assist the Government of Egypt in helping the victims and bringing the perpetrators of these acts to justice. Standing together with the rest of the civilized world, we will win the conflict against this global scourge.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2005

Statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Sharm el Sheikh Bombings

I condemn the horrific terrorist bombings in Sharm el Sheikh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and innocent victims from many nations who suffered in this senseless attack.

I have spoken with Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit. At this difficult time of testing, the United States stands with our friend and ally Egypt. Together we will confront and defeat this scourge that knows no boundary and respects no creed.

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