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World leaders mourn Kofi Annan (PHOTOS)

World leaders have taken to social media to mourn the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Mr Annan died in Berne, Switzerland, on Saturday, 18 August 2018 after a short illness.

He was 80.

Below are some reactions from world leaders following Mr Annan’s death

Nana Akufo-Addo


The Government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr. Kofi Annan. 1/7


Theresa May


Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.


Tony Blair Institute


TB: I’m shocked and distressed to hear the news about Kofi. He was a good friend whom I saw only weeks ago. Kofi Annan was a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague who was widely respected and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Nane and his family


Atiku Abubakar


Kofi Annan, former @UN Secretary General’s indelible contributions to humanity will not be forgotten. He was a global statesman deeply committed to a fairer & more peaceful world. My condolences to his family & people of Ghana. He will be sorely missed.https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/280656-breaking-kofi-annan-former-un-secretary-general-is-dead.html 

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Mr Annan, a Ghanaian, led the UN between 1997 and 2006.



António Guterres


Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all. https://bit.ly/2L8R86Y 


Carles Puigdemont ?


I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Kofi Annan. His decease is a great loss for peace and freedom in the world. In Catalonia we will always remember his call for dialogue and negotiation with Spain through @TheElders


Gordon & Sarah Brown


A leader of leaders, a titan amongst world statesman, a wonderful humanitarian and the most compassionate and caring of individuals. Kofi Annan will be sorely missed.


UK Prime Minister


“Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.” – PM @Theresa_May


George Takei


Former U.N. Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has passed at age 80. The world needs visionaries of peace more than ever, and his life is an example of the possible. Thank you for your service to us all, sir. Rest now, in peace.


Dalia Grybauskaitė


We lost Nobel Prize Laureate Kofi Annan, great promoter of peace & human rights. His legacy is an inspiration to work relentlessly for the better world.


UN Geneva


“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.” – @antonioguterres

Former @UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday, 18 August. Statement: https://bit.ly/2L8R86Y 


Carl Bildt


Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kofi Annan. One of the true global leaders of our age. A man of courage, wisdom and friendship. I’m honored to have had the privilege of working for him.


Kenneth Roth


With deep sadness, the world loses a great leader: Kofi Annan, 1938-2018. http://bit.ly/2BnmCqh 

International Rescue Committee – Europe


“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” – Kofi Annan.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of this great humanitarian, who even in his final days was fighting for a better world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45232892 

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Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, dies aged 80



Andleeb Abbas


The world has lost an ardent champion of peace today. He has showed that one can be a great humanitarian & a strong leader at the same time. RIP Kofi Annan


MoFA Indonesia


Our deepest condolences for the passing of H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General. We have lost a great peacemaker and true humanist. May you rest in peace.
Our deepest condolence to Mrs Nane Annan and all the Annan family for the lost. @KofiAnnanFdn


Lotte Leicht


Kofi Annan; a son of Africa, a global citizen, a dedicated & principled int’l diplomat, and a tireless advocate for human rights & justice.

RIP. We shall miss you Kofi.

My heartfelt condolences to his wife Nane, family, & many friends around the world.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/18/kofi-annan-former-un-secretary-general-dies 

Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies

Ghanaian diplomat, who served as seventh secretary general of United Nations between 1997 and 2006, dies aged 80



The Elders


We are shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend, colleague and Chair, Kofi Annan. Statement: https://theelders.org/article/elders-mourn-loss-kofi-annan 


(((Jon Benjamin)))


Remembering wonderful times in Ghana with Kofi Annan – a titan of diplomacy and a huge loss to humanity. Knowing him was a great gift. RIP


Kevin Rudd


The world has lost a great leader today. Kofi initiated the Millenium Development Goals. He did everything possible to prevent the Iraq War. He spoke for our common humanity. I will miss him too as a dear friend, colleague and source of encouragement. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-44412275 

Former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan poses during a photo session in Paris on December 11, 2017

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Børge Brende


Kofi Annan was a true global statesman who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. A true son of Africa that always reached out and touched people with his deep compassion and empathy. Kofi will be dearly missed – a very courageous statesman



? Sad day for Africa & the World. Ghana has indeed lost an icon. Kofi Annan lived a life worth celebrating. A true inspiration to millions around the world, a man of peace & class.
And the greatest champion of the Mfantsipim dream. God keep your soul Sir ⚫️

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/

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