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Turkey attack overshadows Clinton's last day

Published on Feb 2, 2013 6:00 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers her farewell address to the staff in the C Street lobby of the State Department on February 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Clinton is leaving the State Department and the Obama Administration after travling 956,733 miles and visiting some 112 countries. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bade farewell to her staff on Friday on her final day as America's top diplomat that was marred by the latest in a series of attacks on United States (US) missions.

Between walking around the sprawling State Department to say her goodbyes, Mrs Clinton also found herself on the phone again with a foreign leader - this time because the US embassy in Ankara had come under attack.

It was a phone call that has become all too familiar in recent months, especially since the September attack on the outpost in Benghazi, eastern Libya, in which the ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans died.

"I am very proud of the work we have done together," Mrs Clinton, 65, told hundreds of cheering staff as she prepared to leave, having tendered her letter of resignation to President Barack Obama.

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