Former US presidents Bush, Clinton hail Kohl
Washington (United States) (AFP)
Former US presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton mourned the death of Helmut Kohl on Friday, praising his role in the reunification of Germany with Bush calling him "one of the greatest leaders in post-War Europe."
"Helmut hated war -- but he detested totalitarianism even more," Bush said in a statement of the former German Chancellor.
"Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany within NATO will remain one of the great joys of my life," he added.
Clinton said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of "my dear friend" whose "visionary leadership prepared Germany and all of Europe for the 21st century."
"He was called upon to answer some of the most monumental questions of his time, and in answering them correctly he made possible the reunification of a strong, prosperous Germany and the creation of the European Union," Clinton said.
"I will never forget walking with him through the Brandenburg Gate in 1994 for a large rally on the eastern side, and seeing genuine hope in the eyes of tens of thousands of young people," he said.
"I knew at that moment that Helmut Kohl was the man who could help them realize their dreams. History continues to prove that he delivered."
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