Saturday, May 6, 2017

Secretary's [Tillerson] Remarks: Remarks at the Foreign Affairs Day Memorial Plaque Ceremony [May 5]

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Although he was unable to be here today, President Trump also released a statement sending his greetings and sincere gratitude to all members of the United States Foreign Service and Civil Services at federal agencies here at home as well as at embassies and consulates around the globe. As I have gotten to know the President, I have seen firsthand how much he appreciates – and that appreciation is growing, I assure you – for the work of our hard-working public servants here, and those who serve on behalf of the nation around the world. ...
Just a few short weeks ago, family, friends, and colleagues of Anne Smedinghoff gathered here to honor her memory on the fourth anniversary of her tragic death in 2013. Born in 1987 in River Forest, Illinois, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in international studies and Spanish in 2008. Smedinghoff joined the Foreign Service two years later as a public diplomacy officer. Anne worked as an assistant information officer in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she helped strengthen relations between Afghans and Americans. On April 6, 2013, Anne was on a mission to deliver books to a school in Qalat, Zabul province when a suicide bomber killed her and four more Americans. ...

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