The Straits Times
Published on Feb 02, 2013

Turkey attack overshadows Clinton's last day


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.