World Bulletin/News Desk
At a high-level meeting at the UN on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is closely monitoring the unfolding tumult in Kenya where attackers seized a major shopping center in the capital, Nairobi.
“We stand with the Kenyan people. The President has talked to their President; I’ve talked to their Foreign Minister. They are a resilient people, and they will need the world’s support in the coming difficult days,” said Kerry.
The assault has left at least 60 people dead, with approximately 150 others injured. Several others continue to be held as hostages by the Somalia-based Al Shabab. Government forces on Monday began a major offensive against the mall attackers to bring an end to the now three-day long standoff.
Kerry called the Al Shabab attack a “terrible reminder to all of us that we all share a stake in one another.”
Kerry’s comments came at a high-level UN General Assembly meeting to promote developments for disabled persons across the globe.
Kerry said “As we work to ensure equal access to public spaces, communications technology, education, and more, and though we’ve seen progress internationally, everybody here knows that we still have a lot to do.” The US Secretary of State further emphasized the multi-dimensional nature of the issue, and noted the economic benefits that a more inclusive world would hold.
“Frankly, this is as much an economic issue as it is a human rights issue. But it is also profoundly a family issue, a personal issue, and a moral issue. None of the change that is needed is possible without the partnerships that we’re building at the international level”, said Kerry.
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