Kerry vows better security at US diplomatic posts

In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington. Libya's parliament passed a law on Sunday, May 5, 2013, that bans officials who held senior positions under ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding high-level government posts, a move that could disqualify much of the country's political elite from office including Prime Minister Ali Zidan, who served as a diplomat under Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington. Libya's parliament passed a law on Sunday, May 5, 2013, that bans officials who held senior positions under ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding high-level government posts, a move that could disqualify much of the country's political elite from office including Prime Minister Ali Zidan, who served as a diplomat under Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that the Obama administration will spare no expense or effort to protect U.S. diplomats serving overseas.

Speaking to State Department trainees on Monday, Kerry said he was fully committed to implementing and expanding on the recommendations of an independent review board that investigated the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. He said the risks to American officials abroad are not new and noted that most of the 244 diplomats who have been honored for having been killed in the line of duty died long before Benghazi.

Kerry said the risks can never be eliminated, but they can and will be mitigated because America’s national security interests demand diplomatic outreach even in the most dangerous places.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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