Following the death of former US Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Hanoi today (5 June):
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lawrence Eagleburger. I would like to express my condolences and deepest sympathy to his family and the American people.
During President George H. W. Bush’s tenure, Lawrence Eagleburger served first as Deputy Secretary of State and later as Secretary of State. For decades, he was a key figure who helped shape US foreign policy. In particular, he played a major role during an era so important to Germany when the Berlin Wall came down, Germany was reunited and the country experienced its first years of unity.
Germany and Europe have lost a great friend.”
Former US Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger died in Virginia on 4 June at the age of 80. During President George H. W. Bush’s tenure, the career diplomat served as Deputy Secretary of State from 1989 to 1992 and as Secretary of State from August 1992 to January 1993.