Statement from U.S. Ambassador (Bridgetown & EC) Larry L. Palmer on the Deaths of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya.

My colleagues and I at the U.S. Embassy are profoundly saddened by the loss of our colleagues, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and two other Americans, in an attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones.

This senseless act of violence should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. Ambassador Stevens and his staff were in Libya supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people for a new, free nation and a peaceful future.

We condemn these acts in the strongest terms, and we reaffirm our commitment to the brave people around the world who stand up against such violence and stand for tolerance, freedom and democracy – the values upon which the United States was founded and continues to support through friendships with people around the world.

We will remember our colleagues and friends in this spirit – one of true friendship, and hope for a lasting peace.

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