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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100

Author
AP,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Nov 2023, 3:14PM
Henry Kissinger became US Secretary of State in 1973.
Henry Kissinger became US Secretary of State in 1973.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100

Author
AP,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Nov 2023, 3:14PM

One of the world’s most influential diplomats, Henry Kissinger, has died aged 100.

The former US Secretary of State passed away at his home in Connecticut, it has just been announced.

Kissinger was actively involved in world politics even after his 100th birthday.

In July this year, he met with China’s ruling Communist Party representatives after a steep downturn in the country’s relationship with the US.

Kissinger served as Secretary of State and as national security adviser in the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

His many achievements included negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.

With his gruff yet commanding presence and behind-the-scenes manipulation of power, Kissinger exerted uncommon influence on global affairs under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, earning both vilification and the Nobel Peace Prize. Decades later, his name still provoked impassioned debate over foreign policy landmarks long past.

Kissinger’s power grew during the turmoil of Watergate, when the politically attuned diplomat assumed a role akin to co-president to the weakened Nixon.

“No doubt my vanity was piqued,” Kissinger later wrote of his expanding influence. “But the dominant emotion was a premonition of catastrophe.”

A Jew who fled Nazi Germany with his family in his teens, Kissinger in his later years cultivated the reputation of respected statesman, giving speeches, offering advice to Republicans and Democrats alike and managing a global consulting business. He turned up in President Donald Trump’s White House on multiple occasions. But Nixon-era documents and tapes, as they trickled out over the years, brought revelations - many in Kissinger’s own words - that sometimes cast him in a harsh light.

Never without his detractors, Kissinger after he left government was dogged by critics who argued that he should be called to account for his policies on Southeast Asia and support of repressive regimes in Latin America.

- with AP

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