Today we remember the nearly 3,000 people – Americans, Germans, and citizens from around the world – who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in a senseless attack driven by hate and intolerance. We think also of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, on this same day in 2012. And while 9/11 will always be a day that represents humanity at its worst – a day when we experienced senseless violence and unspeakable loss, we also witnessed incredible heroism, generosity, and compassion. Every day we are thankful for the brave men and women serving as first responders, and those in the military working to keep our countries safe.
The United States and Germany continue to face significant threats from terrorist organizations. Every day, law enforcement officials and diplomats work together to ensure the protection of our people by sharing information, cooperating on investigations, and making sure that we bring terrorists to justice. The partnership between Germany and the U.S. is deep and robust. Our fight against terrorism and hateful ideologies is not over, but we will not falter in our efforts, and we will continue to fight for what is right.