Statement of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec on the Anniversary of the September 21 Terrorist Attack at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya

Today marks one year since the terrible attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in which al-Shabaab terrorists killed or wounded nearly 300 innocent people.  I once again express my deepest sympathy to everyone who suffered from this senseless act of violence and I join Kenyans and many others around the world in remembering those who lost their lives.  We also honor the courageous men and women whose actions helped save the lives of the many others who were in the Mall.

In the face of the despicable attack, the Kenyan government and people stood firm and maintained their resolve.  A shared commitment to freedom, democracy, rule of law, and respect for human life remains the best and strongest response to al-Shabaab and other extremist groups.

The United States will continue to provide support and assistance for security in Kenya.  We remain committed to our 50-year partnership with Kenya and stand together in the fight against terrorism.