Washington: Outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday expressed sadness at stepping down as America's top diplomat but assured staffers that she is leaving the State Department in excellent hands of her successor John Kerry.
"I know I'm leaving the Department in excellent hands. John Kerry was a very accomplished senator, and he will be the same as Secretary of State. He brings judgement, experience, vision, and a deep understanding, because of his own family with his father having been in the Foreign Service, to what diplomacy requires," Clinton said in her final address to the State Department employees.
Friday is her last day at the State Department. "I am very sad to leave all of you and to leave behind the institution here where I have been so proud to serve on behalf of the American people. It will be very hard over the next few days to say goodbye to the terrific men and women at State and USAID because I will truly miss you," she said.
"I will miss the incredible sense of commitment that you bring to the work we do, the exacting standards you hold yourselves and others to, the fun that we've occasionally had in travelling and working together. But I will mostly be very proud and grateful that I had the chance to be the 67th Secretary of State," Clinton said.
Clinton said the last for years have been a remarkable honour and experience for her. "That is thanks to all of you, to the professionals, men and women who get up every day and work for the State Department and USAID on behalf of our common mission and values and the country that we love," Clinton said.


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