U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, offered the following statement in response to the death of American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other members of the U.S. Embassy staff:
"For more than 20 years, Ambassador Christopher Stevens devoted his life to the foreign service and promoting the American ideals of freedom, tolerance, and the rule of law. Like all Americans, I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that he and three other embassy staff were killed during an attack on our consulate in Benghazi. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those affected by this tragedy."
"It is absolutely essential that the fledgling Libyan government demonstrates its commitment to the rule of law today and holds accountable those who are responsible for the deaths of these brave Americans."
"At the same time, in the face of protests in Egypt, we need to work with Egyptian officials to ensure order is restored, the safety of our personnel is maintained, and that the country's democratic transition is able to move forward."