President Obama Responds to Brussels Terror Attacks in Speech in Havana

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President Barack Obama condemned the series of terror attacks that jolted Brussels on Tuesday morning, saying "the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium."

Speaking from Havana, Cuba, on a trip devoted to further thawing United States relations with the longtime Cold War adversary, Obama vowed the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible."

"We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism," he added.

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The bombings, which hit the departure hall of Brussels Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek Metro station, have claimed at least 34 lives and injured 230.

The attacks come just four days after the Brussels arrest of Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to be the sole surviving suspect in the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people. The Islamic State group, or ISIS, which carried out the attacks in Paris, claimed responsibility for the Brussels attack Tuesday. 

Watch Obama's remarks below:

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March 23, 2016, 11:02 a.m.: This story has been updated.

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