German reunification architect Helmut Kohl dies at 87

"His legacy will live on", Trump said in a White House statement.

"Voters do not like Kohl, but they trust him", Rita Suessmuth, a former speaker of parliament, once said.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde gestures during an interview with Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 13, 2017. In the message he wrote, "the Church in Germany is grateful for the Christian testimony of Helmut Kohl".

"The crucial thing is what comes out at the end", he famously said in 1984.

Gorbachev says "the names of this outstanding German politician will stay in the memory of his compatriots and all Europeans". The deal reached in Dublin was far from a given, with considerable resistance from numerous 12 member states apart from including France and the UK.

According to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Kohl was "the most important European statesmen since World War II".

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal, extends his condolences to Kohl's family and the government and the people of Germany. When he finally got home, in early June, he found Ludwigshafen three-quarters destroyed but the Kohl family home still standing.

Kohl was helped in securing German unity by his friendships with French President Francois Mitterrand and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who approved North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership for a united Germany and agreed to pull Soviet troops out of East Germany.

The following year, Kohl plunged his party into crisis when he admitted accepting undeclared - and therefore illegal - donations during his time as chancellor.

In the message to Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Putin says "I genuinely admired his wisdom, his ability to make balanced, far-reaching decisions even in the most hard situations".

He won voters in communist East Germany by promising them "flourishing landscapes".

But shortly after leaving office, Kohl's reputation was tarnished by a financing scandal in his centre-right CDU.

A spokesman for Ms Merkel expressed her deep sorrow over a great German and a great European. This required great political strength and courage - both of which qualities Helmut had in abundance, he added.

His legacy includes the euro currency that bound Europe more closely together than ever. He earned his doctorate in 1958 at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation on the politics of Rhineland-Palatinate and became governor of that western state in 1969.

Kohl linked his dedication to a united Europe to his roots in a part of Germany close to France and his memories of a wartime boyhood.

"Georgian people have lost a very loyal friend whose support has been so vivid for us throughout the years", President Margvelashvili said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram with condolences to Germany's President and the German Chancellor in connection with the death of Kohl.

He died at the age of 87.

"Throughout our endeavours, Helmut was a rock - both steady and strong".

Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters while on a visit to Rome that Kohl had displayed "exemplary statesmanship in the service of people and peace".

Gabriel said in a statement Friday that Kohl "did a lot not just to make German reunification happen, but also for European integration".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and said India values his contribution in strengthening Indo-German ties.

"We are mourning. #RIP #HelmutKohl", said his conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), on Twitter, with a photo of the former leader, who served as chancellor for 16 years.

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