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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is no more

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  • 30 November, 2023 10:39:11

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International Desk: Henry Kissinger, the most influential Secretary of State of the United States after World War II, has died. He was 100 years old at the time of his death. The BBC reported this information in a report on Thursday (November 30). On Wednesday (November 29) evening, Kissinger Associates, the political consulting firm founded by Kissinger, confirmed his death.

The German-born former diplomat died at his home in Connecticut. However, the agency did not confirm the cause of his death. Henry Kissinger served as America's top diplomat and national security adviser during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Henry Kissinger completed 100 years on May 27 this year.

He has played an important and sometimes controversial role in US foreign and security policy during his long career. Kissinger was born on May 27, 1923 in a Jewish family in Germany. His family fled Germany during the Nazi regime to New York, USA. He grew up there. Then in 1943 he became a US citizen.

And served three years in the US Army and later in the Counter Intelligence Corps. After earning bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees, he taught international relations at Harvard. In 1969, he was appointed National Security Advisor by then US President Richard Nixon.

While serving as Secretary of State and Secretary of State under Nixon, he had a hand in many epoch-changing global events of the time. After Nixon's resignation in 1974, Kissinger's reign as the chief architect of US foreign policy waned. Still, he served as a diplomatic force under President Gerald Ford and continued to express strong opinions on diplomatic issues throughout his life.

Historians believe that he was behind several bloody conflicts in Southeast Asia. According to them, he was the mastermind behind several bloody conflicts, including prolonging the Vietnam War, spilling it into Cambodia, taking a controversial stand in the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence.

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