Press Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks Friday in the Gikomba market in Nairobi, which killed and injured many Kenyans.  We extend our deepest sympathies to all who were affected. This is the latest in a series of despicable and cowardly attacks on innocent civilians in Kenya, from the capital to the coast.

The United States and Kenya have been partners for 50 years, and our resolve to stand with Kenya in combating terrorism is unwavering.  We work in close partnership with Kenya on security.  We assist the government of Kenya with information, equipment, and training as it works to strengthen security and end the threat of terrorism.  Let there be no doubt: the United States is a firm ally of Kenya in the fight against terror.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at both Kenyans and the international community.   The most important responsibility of every U.S. Ambassador and Embassy is to protect American citizens and to keep them informed.  The United States greatly appreciates the Kenyan government’s rapid response to requests for additional security at diplomatic facilities while it also increases security at public and other critical venues.

The Embassy is continuously reviewing and updating its security measures, and expects to take additional steps in coming days, to include on U.S. staffing. We remain open for normal operations and have no plan to close the Embassy.

The United States remains deeply committed to its friendship with Kenya and the East Africa region. Our strong support for Kenya through the work of the U.S. Embassy and its many assistance programs will continue.