Xi expresses condolences over former German chancellor's death

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Kohl, widely regarded as the father of German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall and a key player in European integration, died on Friday aged 87. Sources from the Rhineland-Palatinate state government and the German president's office said yesterday that the details are still to be decided. On Saturday, the daily Tageszeitung's headline was "Blooming Landscapes", an allusion to Kohl's promise of an economically flourishing eastern Germany, over a picture of wreaths. Germany's longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl was a driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency, convincing sceptical Germans to give up their cherished deutschemark. Kohl died on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the age of 87. Known as the "Chancellor of Unity", Chancellor Kohl led West Germany through reunification and became the first chancellor of a unified Germany.

With great sorrow the Head of State received the news regarding the death of the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

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Tributes poured in from around the world.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had sent condolences to Germany's president and to Merkel and cited him as saying Kohl "will be remembered in Russia as a resolute supporter of friendly relations between our countries". The former Luxembourg prime minister added that Kohl pushed for "us Europeans to get to know each other better and work more closely together".

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