Washington: Democratic Senator John Kerry has been sworn in as the new United States (US) secretary of state. Immediately after taking the oath of office in a private ceremony, Kerry announced his plan to visit Israel, Egypt and Europe.
Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned as the 67th US secretary of state on Friday, capping a four-year tenure in the office that saw her shatter previous records for countries visited.
In a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Friday shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her former foe for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination for the opportunity to serve in his administration.
Clinton said it had been an honor to be part of his Cabinet and that she remained convinced of the ”strength and staying power” of American global leadership.