In a statement released at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his sadness concerning the recent death of former US President George Herbert Walker Bush.
The UN Chief said that the former president was in office from l989 to l993, preceded by Ronald Reagan, and succeeded by William Jefferson Clinton, “was a leader who served the United States with distinction, and supported the United Nations with dedication”.
George H W. Bush had a long history with the United Nations between l97l and l973 when he was the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2005, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him as Special Envoy for the South Asia Earthquake Disaster.
Across the years, the UN Secretary-General was consistently impressed by George H.W. Bush and his compassion, instinct for moderation, and commitment to public service. UN Secretary-General added that at this time of loss, he was extending his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late US President.