Clinton mourns US deaths, vows to stand by Libya

Published Sep 12, 2012 02:57pm

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.—File Photo

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the killing of the US envoy to Libya and three others by “a small and savage group” should “shock” people of all faiths around the world.

Paying tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and his American co-workers killed when militants attacked the US mission in Benghazi, the top US diplomat vowed the United States would not turn its back on Libya as it builds a new future.

“This is an attack that should shock conscience of people of all faiths around the world,” Clinton said in a somber statement at the State Department.

“We condemn in the strongest terms, this senseless act of violence, and we send our prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of those we’ve lost.” She praised the work of Stevens who was appointed ambassador to Libya in May, after the toppling of former dictator Moammer Gaddhafi.

“He risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to build a better Libya,” she said.

Clinton said she had asked herself “how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”

“We must be clear-eyed even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group. Not the people or government of Libya,” Clinton said, adding that Stevens and his team had been welcomed across Libya as “friends and partners.”

She stressed that during Tuesday’s attack Libyans had fought to defend the mission, and some were wounded. Others carried Stevens’s body to the hospital, and “they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety.”

“The friendship between our countries, born out of shared struggle, will not be another casualty of this attack,” Clinton said, vowing that those behind the attack would be brought to justice.

“A free and stable Libya is still in America’s interests and security, and we will not turn our back on that.”

Comments (4) (Closed)


M. Asghar
Sep 12, 2012 07:02pm
What happened in libya is sad, but unfortunately it is in the nature of things, when certain well-connected people and lobies in USA spill around the most wounding toxity in the world.- a world that cannot and will not accept such things anymore..
rana
Sep 13, 2012 02:49am
what happened in libya is a back lash on USA foreign policy.first the hypocrites denied that they were involved in funding or helping the militants in libya and now openly mrs.clinton is affirming.Those who killed the ambasador are maybe the very same militants(mercenaries)who toppled GADDHAFI.Maybe the USA did not pay up the promised moola to these mercenaries and so they killed the go between dealer wheeler ambassador.
Ammar
Sep 12, 2012 04:52pm
"Not the people or government of Libya"
Fed Up Baloch
Sep 12, 2012 04:13pm
... and what were yanqui savages doing there in Libya ?