GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 1st Dec. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a pivotal figure in shaping the country’s Cold War legacy passed away at the age of 100 on Thursday.
Kissinger, a controversial Nobel laureate, who served under the two presidents, left an indelible mark on US foreign policy.
Kissinger Associates Inc confirmed his death passed away at his Connecticut home.
He was praised for intellect and experience, Kissinger faced criticism, labeled a war criminal for supporting anti-communist dictatorships, notably in Latin America
Kissinger remained active, attended White House meetings and released a book on leadership.
He testified about North Korea’s nuclear threat before a Senate committee and made a surprise visit to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During the 1970s, he served as Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon, instrumental in pivotal global events.
Kissinger a German-born Jewish refugee, played a key role in initiating diplomatic relations with China, negotiating US-Soviet arms deals, fostering ties between Israel and Arab nations, and orchestrating the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam.
His influence in US foreign policy waned after Nixon’s resignation in 1974, he remained a significant diplomatic force during President Gerald Ford’s tenure and continued to voice strong opinions throughout his life.
Kissinger faced criticism, labeled a war criminal for supporting anti-communist dictatorships, notably in Latin America.
In his later years, travel was restricted due to international attempts to question him about past US policies.
The contentious 1973 Peace Prize, shared with Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam (who declined it), sparked resignations from Nobel committee members and inquiries into US covert actions in Cambodia.
He was born as Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Germany in 1923, he immigrated to the US in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution.
He took the name Henry became a citizen in 1943, served in World War II and pursued education at Harvard.
Kissinger founded a consultancy firm in New York, after retiring from the Government, advising global corporate leaders.
He sat on company boards, participated in foreign policy forums, authored books, and became a prominent commentator and figure on global affairs.
President George W. Bush tapped Kissinger to lead an investigative committee after the 9/11 attacks.
However, objections regarding potential conflicts of interest led to his resignation from the position due to ties with his consultancy’s clients.