In November of this year. 7, 1991, File Photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., On the left, embraced by the former North Vietnam Colonel Bui Tin, on Capitol Hill in Washington after a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs. Tin led a military prison as the “Hanoi Hilton” where McCain was held prisoner during the Vietnam war. McCain, the war hero, was the GOP standard-bearer in the 2008 elections, died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81.
(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
From Vietnam to Germany, heads of state and government from around the world paid tribute to the late sen. John McCain over the weekend to praise his commitment to world peace and diplomacy.
More than 50 years after his plane was shot down over Hanoi and he as a prisoner of war, dozens of people on Sunday gathered in the city of Trúc Bạch lake for a memorial service to McCain.
“His contributions to the Vietnam-US will remain the relationship in memory.” Le Ma Luong, former Director of the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi, told Reuters.
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In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, McCain called it “one of the great political figures of our time,” and offered her condolences in a statement tweeted Sunday, her spokesman Steffen Seibert.
McCain was “a tireless fighter for a strong transatlantic Alliance; its importance went far beyond his own country,” Merkel said.
She added: “John McCain has been guided by the firm conviction that the purpose of political work is in the service of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. His death is a loss for all those who share this conviction.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has added his own tribute to the Republican senator in a statement in Berlin on Sunday.
Maas said, “he stood for an America that is a reliable and close partner. In America, the responsibility for others ‘ strength and stands by its values and principles even in difficult moments — and based its claim on the leadership.”
In neighboring France, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the McCain tweeted in English, “a true American hero. He dedicated his whole life to his country.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he is deeply saddened by McCain over and will always appreciate his friendship. He added that McCain is a “great American patriot and a great supporter of Israel.”
Netanyahu pointed out that McCain’s “disregard for support for Israel, never. He jumped from his belief in democracy and freedom.”
McCain was a frequent guest in Israel, and supports the country in the Senate. He is strongly against the nuclear ambitions and the militancy of its arch-rival Iran.
Other tributes poured in from across the Israeli political spectrum. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called McCain one of Israel’s greatest friends. Yair Lapid, the leader of the opposition Yesh Atid party, praised McCain as a “soldier with integrity in a world of politicians.”
Officials in Pakistan and also condolences offered about McCain’s death, said he’ll miss “a lot.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement on Sunday that McCain had “always stood for a strong Pakistan-US relations and a cooperative approach for the promotion of peace and building stability in the region.”
As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain’s many visits made in the region. During a visit to Pakistan last year, he said, there would be no peace in the neighbouring country of Afghanistan without Pakistan’s cooperation.
Pakistani officials said McCain often worked to reduce tensions between Pakistan and the United States as well as Washington, the country more calls to do, in order to hard against Islamic militants along the porous Afghan border.
Back in Vietnam, the Communist country’s former Ambassador to Washington, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, is McCain’s role praised in the normalization of relations between Washington and Hanoi.
Coung wrote on his Facebook page that McCain was very proud of the monument, from Vietnam in Trúc Bạch lake, where mourners left flowers and other tributes to the late senator on Sunday.
Coung wrote, “Every time during his visit in Vietnam, he often took other senators and friends of the monument.”
Coung said, there were times, in which McCain expressed concern that, after he and Senator John Kerry were gone, a new generation of American legislators would not understand the care with which to promote Vietnam-US relations, and so he made a point to young senators with him on his visits to the Southeast Asian nation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.