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Thu 30 Nov 2023 9:09 am - Jerusalem Time

Henry Kissinger dies at the age of 100

The consulting firm said in a statement that Kissinger, who was Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and played a pivotal diplomatic role during the Cold War, “died today at his home in Connecticut.”


The giant of American diplomacy, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, died at the age of 100, on Wednesday, according to what his foundation announced.


The consulting firm said in a statement that Kissinger, who was Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and played a pivotal diplomatic role during the Cold War, "died today at his home in Connecticut."


The statement did not specify the cause of death of Kissinger, who was known for his small build, hoarse voice, and strong German accent.

Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923 and marked the decades of American diplomacy, even after he left his post as Secretary of State.

Kissinger set in motion the rapprochement between Washington and Moscow and Beijing in the 1970s, and in 1973, in recognition of his peaceful efforts during the Vietnam War, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with the Vietnamese Le Duc Tho.


But his image was tarnished by dark episodes in US history, such as his role in supporting the 1973 coup in Chile and the invasion of East Timor in 1975, as well as the Vietnam War.


Until his death, Kissinger remained active on the international political scene, and his advanced age did not prevent him from traveling and meeting with many world leaders, the most recent of whom was Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he met last July in China.

Last September, Kissinger gave an interview to the Maariv newspaper, which was published today, Friday, during which he talked about the role he played and the administration of the US president at the time, Richard Nixon, in the October War of 1973, and the decisive services it provided to Israel, which It affected the course of the battles on the ground, and it also had a great weight in the subsequent talks that ended in a “peace” agreement between Egypt and Israel.





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