New Ambassador to Libya Sworn In, Stevens' Killers Still Free
On June 11, Secretary of State John Kerry swore in Deborah K. Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Libya, while the terrorists who killed her predecessor--Ambassador Christopher Stevens--still have yet to be apprehended.
During his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Kerry detailed Jones' qualifications for the position. He mentioned that Jones has served in Argentina, Ethiopia, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
Kerry admitted that Jones "is going to one of the toughest jobs in the Foreign Service" in a "tough part of the world at this critical moment in history." He expressed how thankful the Libyan people were for the work of Jones' predecessor, Ambassador Stevens, who Kerry described as having "passed away."
Stevens' body was pulled from the wreckage of the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya following terrorist attacks on the night of September 11, 2012 that resulted in the ambassador's death. Three other Americans were also killed during the attacks.
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