July 23, 2011 / 8:19 PM / 6 years ago

Obama offers condolences to Norway over deaths

<p>President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, July 22, 2011.Jason Reed</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday to offer U.S. condolences over the killing of dozens of Norwegians and pledged assistance if needed.

The White House said Obama wanted to express "his deepest condolences for the dozens of innocent Norwegians killed and injured in yesterday's senseless attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island."

"The president offered any assistance the United States could provide to the Norwegian government in dealing with this horrible tragedy. In this incredibly difficult time, the president reaffirmed the deep and longstanding friendship between the United States and Norway," a White House statement said.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Walsh

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