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George Shultz, US secretary of state who helped end Cold War, dies

George Shultz at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 2016 (Yosi Zeliger, IDI)
George Shultz at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 2016 (Yosi Zeliger, IDI)

George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s genial US secretary of state who identified a diplomatic opening that helped end the Cold War, and also contributed to a new brand of conflict by advocating preemptive strikes, has died. He was 100.

“One of the most consequential policymakers of all time, having served three American presidents, George P. Shultz died Feb. 6 at age 100,” the Hoover Institution think tank says in a statement published on its website.

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