President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honored the former US Foreign Minister Henry A. Kissinger on the occasion of his 95th birthday on May 27th with a festive dinner at Bellevue Castle in Berlin. In his speech President Steinmeier said.
“During your long life you’ve seen and experienced more than most people. You also connected foreign policy decisions with intellectual reflection in your very own unique way. Your experiences, insights and assessments still enrich our thoughts today in regards to the challenges that lie before us in these tumultuous times. The fact that you were able to keep your unique humor even during difficult times that required cool reasoning throughout the years is appreciated by everyone who got to know you in person.
I want to express special thanks for your extraordinary support and attention to Germany, the country of your birth that you had to leave as a teenager during very dark times. We hope to benefit from your knowledge and wisdom for a long time.”
However, Steinmeier also warned about the weakening of transatlantic relationships: even under Henry A. Kissinger, “the U.S. wasn‘t able to solve the problems of the world on its own.” But the world won’t be able to solve their problems “without theU.S. and definitely not against the U.S.“