Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, dies

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Henry Kissinger, former United States secretary of state, died at his home in Connecticut at the age of 100, according to BBC.

He had served as diplomat under the Nixon and Ford administrations. The Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 1973 had remained controversial.

He was active till his late hours. He had visited China to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping in July, 2023 whom the latter spoke fondly of  ‘old friend’ Kissinger, said South China Morning Post.

“During his decades long career, Mr Kissinger played a key, and sometimes controversial, role in US foreign and security policy,” said BBC adding “As secretary of state during the Nixon administration – and later under President Gerald Ford – Mr Kissinger led diplomatic efforts towards China, helped negotiate an end to the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and its neighbours and was instrumental in the Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War.”