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Moran Statement on the Attack in Benghazi


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the following statement after yesterday's attack that took the lives of four American personnel in Libya:

"Today we mourn the loss of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and two yet to be named U.S. personnel, who were senselessly murdered in Benghazi on Tuesday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these dedicated public servants.

"Ambassador Stevens served his country and the Libyan people faithfully and effectively as Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council, throughout the desperate period when Libya's opposition faced annihilation by the forces of dictatorship. And because of his efforts, the Libyan revolution was able to successfully remove Gaddafi. Ambassador Stevens also served in diplomatic posts in Jerusalem, Damascus, Cairo and Riyadh, as well as other posts in Washington, during his 21 year Foreign Service career.

"As we honor the victims and console their families, we also express our gratitude to the U.S. Foreign Service, who serve in so many challenging situations around the world, defending and promoting U.S. interests and the democratic rule of law that is the basis of our way of life.

"We can honor their legacy and sacrifice by renewing our commitment to democracy in Libya, and in all the countries of the world."

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