Clinton praises Kerry, but sad to go

2013-01-30 20:16
Hillary Clinton (Picture: AP)

Hillary Clinton (Picture: AP)

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Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she was very sad to be stepping down but assured staffers that John Kerry would do a great job replacing her as the top US diplomat.

"I know I'm leaving the department in excellent hands," Clinton said in a final address to staff.

"He brings judgment, experience, vision and a deep understanding... to what our diplomacy requires," she said of Kerry, who was confirmed on Tuesday by Senate as the next secretary of state to serve in the administration of President Barack Obama.

But Clinton said she was approaching her final days in the state department with "a heavy heart" even though she was "looking forward to the next chapter. It's like one of those books you buy with blank pages."

"It will be very hard over the next few days to say good-bye to the terrific men and women at State and USAID, because I will truly miss you. I will miss the incredible sense of commitment to the work we do."

Clinton will finally walk out of the door of the state department on Friday after four years on the job. She has travelled almost a million miles and visited 112 countries.

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