Tributes pour in after death of former U-S President George H.W. Bush

George HW Bush

International tributes have been pouring in following the death of George H.W. Bush.

The 41st president of the United States served from 1989 to 1993 and died Friday night at the age of 94. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his condolences to the Bush family, saying Bush was deeply committed to his country.

In a tweet sent from the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trudeau added  Bush demonstrated exemplary service to his country.

Former P-M Brian Mulroney, whose time as prime minister overlapped with Bush's presidential term, says he feels privileged to have worked with him on files including German re-unification and NAFTA.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Bush was "a true friend'' of her country, whose reunification 28 years ago he supported.

Merkel wrote to President Donald Trump Saturday that America has lost "a great patriot and statesman.'' 

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, highlighted Bush's role in helping bring about German reunification in 1990, less than a year after the Berlin Wall fell.

Merkel said, "The German people had in him a true friend who recognized the significance of this historic hour and gave us his trust and support.''

British leaders past and present paid tribute to Bush as a committed public servant who helped the United States stand tall on the world stage.

Prime Minister Theresa May says Bush was "a great statesman and a true friend of our country" whose "ethos of public service was the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all.''

May said in a statement that "in navigating a peaceful end to the Cold War he made the world a safer place for generations to come.''

John Major, whose 1990-1997 term as British prime minister overlapped with Bush's presidency, said the late president  "saw America's obligation to the world and honoured it.''

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's "deeply saddened'' by the news of Bush's passing.

Abe praised Bush in a statement Saturday for Bush's role in ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union and taking leadership in the Gulf War.

Leaders in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday offered condolences to both President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush for the elder Bush's death.

Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also is the UAE's prime minister and vice-president, tweeted that Emiratis remember Bush as "a firm ally and friend.''

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said similarly offered condolences.

Bush will be honoured with a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral. That's according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who says President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend. 



- With files from The Asssociated Press