Hillary Clinton bids farewell to state department

  • Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the world was a safer place as she made her farewell address to state department staff on her last day as America's top diplomat.

    Clinton, 65, steps down from the post after four years, visits to 112 countries and nearly a million air miles.

    She has been replaced by John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, who was sworn in at a private ceremony on the same day.

    Clinton said leading the agency as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State had been a "unique and singular, exciting and challenging" experience.

    "I am so grateful that we've had a chance to contribute in each of our ways to making our country and our world stronger, safer, fairer and better," she told staff.

    Earlier in the day, Clinton officially tendered her resignation to President Barack Obama.

    The former first lady has now been touted as a possible candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

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