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On first day, Kerry vows to protect diplomats

Foreign service ‘in my genes,’ he tells colleagues

WASHINGTON — Waving the tattered green diplomatic passport he was issued as the 11-year-old son of a Foreign Service officer, Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday arrived for his first day of work, pledging to ensure the safety and security of personnel posted at US embassies and consulates around the world.

“The foreign service is in my genes,” Kerry told hundreds of employees gathered at the State Department, adding that he knows from experience “how difficult life can be for people in the Foreign Service.”

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