Obama offers condolences to Indian prime minister over Sikh temple shooting

President Obama called India's prime minister Wednesday morning to offer his condolences three days after a right-wing extremist killed six people, including Indian nationals, at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. 

Obama called Manmohan Singh to “convey the solidarity of the American people” and to reiterate “that the Sikh community is an essential and vibrant part of the American family,” according to a White House readout of the call. “The President also underscored that the incident is particularly tragic because it took place in a house of worship,” according to the readout.

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Singh for his part “expressed his gratitude for the many messages and gestures of support from the United States, and for the prompt reaction and heroism of the local police department.” A police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the alleged gunman, Wade Michael Page, who took his own life after being shot by police.

“The two leaders re-affirmed their nations’ commitment to the shared values of pluralism, religious freedom, and freedom of worship,” the readout says.

Obama's call comes two days after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna to assuage concerns about Sikhs's safety in the United States.

"An assurance to the Indian community has to come out from the Obama administration that their interests are going to be safe," Krishna said, according to Indian news reports.