President Aliyev expresses condolences to Donald Trump, George Walker Bush

George H W Bush

Tributes have poured for former United States president George H.W. Bush following his death on Friday at the age of 94.

The former president passed away at 10:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on Friday.

"An outstanding man, who has faithfully served his country all his life - with a weapon in his hands during the war and in senior government positions during peaceful times - is no longer with us", the Russian leader said. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.

Gorbachev, 87, expressed his "deep condolences" to the family of the 41st USA president and the entire American nation.

During his time as United States president, he has held seven meetings with USSR and Russian leaders - Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin.

[He] was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.

During the 1971 war, Bush, who was then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, worked closely with his Pakistani counterpart, the late Agha Shahi, in the efforts to push the Security Council to call for a ceasefire so that negotiations could begins for a political settlement of the crisis.

President Donald Trump, who was in Argentina attending a G20 summit of world leaders, hailed Bush's "sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership". The president's casket will lie in state from Monday night until Wednesday morning in the centre of the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

"America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush", Mr Obama said on Twitter.
Director of Central Intelligence. We happened to work together in years of great changes. "May he rest in peace", the prime minister said.

The small, oil-rich nation of Kuwait is offering its condolences for Bush, who led the 1991 Gulf War that freed it from Iraq.

According to Mr Obama, George H.W. Bush's life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling and "whose legacy of service may never be matched with past U.S. leaders".

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