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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passes away at 100

New York, 30 November, 2023 (GNP): Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State renowned for his influential role in shaping post-World War II global politics, passed away on Wednesday, as announced by his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates. He was 100 years old.

Kissinger Associates conveyed the news of Dr Henry Kissinger’s passing, stating that the respected American scholar and statesman passed away at his residence in Connecticut.

A private funeral for the late statesman is to be held by his family, with a memorial service scheduled in New York, his hometown, at a later date.

Legacy in International Relations:

Dr Kissinger’s unparalleled legacy is marked by his significant contributions to global diplomacy, notably through his strategic engagement with nations during his tenure.

His role in the historic US-China rapprochement in 1972, which transformed relations between the two nations, remains one of his lasting achievements.

However, Kissinger’s legacy is marred by controversy due to his realpolitik approach, marked by critics for its perceived ruthlessness in foreign policy decision-making.

His involvement in various global conflicts, including Chile, East Timor, India-Pakistan, and the destabilization of regions, elicited criticism and deep mistrust in certain parts of the world.

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Post-Government Career:

Following his government service, Dr Kissinger continued to exert influence in global affairs through his consulting firm, board memberships, publications, and media appearances.

He maintained an active role in international affairs, offering insights on critical issues until his passing.

Condolences and Legacy Acknowledgement:

Tributes and condolences poured in, acknowledging Dr Kissinger’s intellectual prowess and influence.

Former President George W. Bush and various international leaders paid tribute to his contributions to foreign affairs.