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Obama congratulates Belgium, France over Paris suspect arrest

US President Barack Obama has congratulated Belgium and France over the arrest of top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, saying the “significant arrest” was the result of hard work and close cooperation between law enforcement authorities.

“President Obama spoke by phone today with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande to congratulate them on the arrest in Brussels today of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 13, 2015 ISIL terrorist attacks in Paris, France,” the White House said yesterday.

Obama commended the work of Belgian security services and noted that this significant arrest was the result of hard work and close cooperation between Belgian and French law enforcement authorities, the White House said.

“The President reiterated that the US stands together with Belgium and France in our shared struggle against the scourge of terrorism and once again pledged the full cooperation and support of the US in these efforts, reaffirming our shared commitment to degrading and destroying ISIL,” it said.

Minutes after the Paris attack, US officials were in close touch with national security and law enforcement officials in France and Belgium as they take steps to try to protect their country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during his daily news conference.

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