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Newsline: Kerry phones Serbian PM over diplomats killed in Libya strike

US Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences to Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic over the two kidnapped Serbian diplomats believed to have been killed in a US air strike in Libya, Belgrade said. Last week the US targeted a jihadist training camp near the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha, killing dozens of people including an Islamic State group operative the US said was behind the mass murder of tourists on a Tunisian beach. However, Belgrade said the strike’s victims also included two officials from Serbia’s embassy in Libya, Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic, who had been taken hostage in the area in November. The Pentagon said Saturday it had “no information” indicating that the attack had led to the deaths of two Serbians and that the circumstances of their deaths “remained unclear.” In a telephone conversation on Monday Kerry “expressed condolences to Vucic and the families over the death of Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic,” the Serbian government said in a statement. Kerry “told the prime minister that he would inform the Serbian government… about all the details of an investigation conducted by the US and its services, about the murder of Serbian diplomats,” it said. Vucic on the weekend said that the pair “would have been released, had they not been killed”.

http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-phones-serbian-pm-over-diplomats-killed-libya-003130436.html

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