Former US Secretary Henry Kissinger who was a significant and divisive figure in US foreign policy during the Cold War has died at the age of 100. He served as a top American diplomat during the reign of American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Despite leaving office in the mid-1970s, several politician generations continued to consult with him for decades. He has died at his home in Connecticut in Germany.
Kissinger Associates issued the statement of Henry’s death on Wednesday night but did not mention the cause of his death. Kissinger Associates is a policy company that a former diplomat founded in 1982.
American officials on the death of Henry Kissinger
Former US President George Bush led the honors to Henry declaring that the country had lost one of the most dependable and distinctive voices on foreign affairs.
The daughters of 37th US President Richard Nixon namely Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower expressed their condolences to the late Henry. They stated Henry’s personal narratives were so unusual and so truly American.
According to the statement, Henry Kissinger will be remembered for his many contributions to advancing the cause of peace. But it was his personality that we will never forget.
Henry Kissinger was born in 1923 in Germany. His father was a schoolteacher. He first arrived in the United States in 1938 when his family escaped the Nazis (murderers of Jews). Henry never completely lost his Bavarian accent.
He became a professor of international relations at Harvard University after doing a Ph.D. degree. After that, Richard Nixon appointed him as national security advisor in 1969. This position gave him enormous sway over US foreign policy.
Henry is the only US civilian to have dealt directly with every Chinese leader from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping. China Central Television gave him the title of “legendary diplomat” and “living fossil” who played a major role in US-China relations.
Henry Kissinger also became a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1973 along with Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam. He has also written twenty-one books on the subjects of foreign policy and security forums.
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