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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with the Prime Minister of India

President Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this morning to express condolences for victims of the senseless attack at the gurdwara in Wisconsin, which took the lives of Indian nationals as well as Americans, and to convey the solidarity of the American people.  President Obama reiterated that the Sikh community is an essential and vibrant part of the American family.  The President also underscored that the incident is particularly tragic because it took place in a house of worship.  Prime Minister Singh expressed his gratitude for the many messages and gestures of support from the United States, and for the prompt reaction and heroism of the local police department.  The two leaders re-affirmed their nations’ commitment to the shared values of pluralism, religious freedom, and freedom of worship.