Jomo Kenyatta airport fire: Obama offers US support to Kenya

Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has offered his country's support for Kenya following Wednesday's fire incident that gutted parts of the main Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital city of Nairobi.

According to the White House, President Obama made the offer in a phone call to his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday.

The US President, who was born to a Kenyan father, also used the opportunity of the call to express his condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the al-Qaeda terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Nairobi 15 years ago. Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of the attack.

The fire forced the close of East Africa's largest airport and the diversion of incoming flights to other airports, but domestic and cargo flights resumed on Wednesday evening, according to the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).

''The airport emergency operations team is working round the clock to prepare Units 2 & 3 for arrival and departure of international flights as soon as possible,'' KAA said in an update on the fire incident.

President Kenyatta has said the cause of the fire is being investigated and confirmed there was no loss of life.
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08 august 2013 10:15:52

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