The American people and the entire staff of the United States Embassy in the Congo wish to express our sincere condolences to the French people at this tragic time. France is America’s oldest ally, a friend and a vital partner. We stand with the French, as our peoples have always stood together in our darkest hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this assault on innocent people, going about their lives. The attacks in Paris represent an assault on our common humanity and will only deepen our shared resolve to combat global terrorism.