|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks to U.S. Embassy staff and family members, Deputy Chief of Mission's Residence
August 18, 1998, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: It is a great pleasure for me to be spending some time with you and hearing about your extraordinary last ten days and what an extraordinary job you have done in keeping everybody together. We are all very grateful to you.
President Clinton and I have spoken about you, Mr. Charge', and everybody here. America is very proud of you, all of you -- Americans and Tanzanians -- and I am truly in the presence of heroes. Your bravery and compassion and courage have been recognized around the world. And the terrorists who would like to drive us apart have, in fact, brought us all closer. I certainly feel that way from just having a few discussions with your colleagues as you have described the last few days.
Together we mourn the loved ones and the colleagues we have lost. Together we pray for those who have been injured. And together we vow to rebuild and maintain our commitment to warm relations between the United States and Tanzania, and between the United States and all Africa. Together we promise to bring to justice the murderers of our friends.
My personal message to you is that we will support you with money and people as you work to re-establish embassy operations. We are going to be asking Congress for emergency funds so that our facilities here are secure, and we will expedite payments to the families who have suffered irreparable loss. We have launched an appeal to our colleagues worldwide to contribute to the Department's emergency relief fund for foreign nationals, and we will continue to help the Tanzanian people.
This embassy has made an emergency declaration making relief funds available, and we have brought in large quantities of emergency aid. I brought in additional medical supplies today, and we hope that Congress will approve supplemental assistance when it returns to Washington in September.
Finally, I pledge to do all I can as Secretary of State to remind the American people of the importance of the work that you do day in and day out on their behalf, and to remind them as well of the hardships and dangers. You are America's best; and you who are Foreign Service Nationals work side by side with us for a world that is more peaceful, prosperous, lawful and free.
No piece of paper could possibly compensate you for the heartbreak and gut-wrenching efforts of the past ten days. But I count it an honor, nevertheless, to present the State Department's Award for Heroism to the US Mission at Dar Es Salaam.
The citation reads, "In recognition of the heroism displayed by the mission staff in the wake of the bombing in Dar Es Salaam on August 7, 1998, and in honor of your unselfish dedication to duty, your colleagues and the people of Tanzania."
Thank you, and God bless you all.
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