Ban Ki-moon Sends his Condolences for the Passing of Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, together with its Co-Chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and its Board Members send their condolences to the Bush family on the occasion of the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. In a letter to his son, former U.S. President George W. Bush, Ban Ki-moon wrote:

“The late President was a true statesman, humanitarian, and a devoted public servant. The world is forever indebted to his leadership and diplomatic acumen for safely navigating through the tumultuous collapse of the Soviet Union, bringing the end to the Cold War and guided it into a new era of freedom, peace, and prosperity. Out of the White House, his continued public service in places such as tsunami-hit Thailand inspired many around the world.”


“I will never forget the first encounter with him in the Oval Office back in 1990. As a Korean diplomat accompanying the foreign minister at the time, I was touched by his genuine care for the US-Korea alliance and its future. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I cherish the memory of speaking with him and First Lady Barbara Bush on the occasion of delivering an address to a kind-hearted audience at the Bush Presidential Library, Texas in 2008.”

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