Former US President George HW Bush
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UK Pays Tribute To Former US President George HW Bush

George Bush Senior, who formed an international military coalition after Saddam Hussain's invasion of Kuwait, has died at the age of 94.

Former US President George HW Bush

The 41st US President guided America out of the Cold War and led an international military coalition into the First Gulf War (Picture: US Library of Congress).

The former US President, George HW Bush, has died at the age of 94.

He served his country as a Navy pilot during the Second World War, an Ambassador, Congressman, Head of the CIA and the President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

He guided America out of the Cold War and led an international military coalition into the First Gulf War after Saddam Hussain's invasion of Kuwait.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Bush's ethos of public service had been "the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all".

"At each stage of his remarkable career, the president worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom," she said.

"Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country."

US President Donald Trump paid tribute in a statement to his predecessor’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country.”

 

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major, who worked with Former President Bush in the coalition to expel Iraq from Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War, said it was a "privilege" to have known him.

"The war would never have been so successful without the Arab members of the coalition.

I cannot think of any President more likely to have drawn together such a coalition," he said.

His son George W Bush was US President from 2001 to 2009.