U.S. Welcomes Arrest in Killing of Diplomat

Published December 14, 2002

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The Bush administration on Saturday gave kudos to Jordan for the Middle Eastern country's capture of two suspects with links to Al Qaeda in the assassination of a U.S. diplomat outside his Amman home.

Jordan announced Saturday the arrests of two members of the terror network, a Libyan and a Jordanian, in the Oct. 28 shooting death of Laurence Foley, 60, a senior staff member with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

"We welcome the Jordanian announcement earlier today of the arrest of two men in connection with the tragic killing of USAID official Laurence Foley," State Department spokesman Louis Fintor said.

"We deeply appreciate the excellent support and cooperation the Jordanian government has provided throughout this investigation, and we continue to consult closely with them regarding these arrests."

Asked whether the United States would request the men's extradition, Fintor said he had no information about "how they will be prosecuted" and repeated that Jordan has given excellent support and cooperation so far in the case.

Another U.S. official stressed that Jordan "deserves a lot of credit for their work in countering terrorism."

"We thank the Jordanian government for its diligence and aggressiveness in working to bring Laurence Foley's killers to justice," said a statement from the U.S. embassy in Jordan. "We will continue to cooperate vigorously with the Jordanian authorities in pursuing this case.

Larry Foley was a man dedicated to improving the lives of others. We continue to honor him in the work he did here to help the Jordanian people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Virginia and his three children."

The White House and the CIA were contacted by Fox News for comment. Spokesman from both said they were aware of the reports and that the men arrested have been linked in reports to Al Queada. They both said they are looking further into the matter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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