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Former German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel dies at 82

March 5, 2019
FILE -- In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo former German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel, attends a reception on the occasion of his 80th birthday in Berlin, Germany. Kinkel died on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the age of 82 years. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)
FILE -- In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo former German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel, attends a reception on the occasion of his 80th birthday in Berlin, Germany. Kinkel died on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the age of 82 years. (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Klaus Kinkel, Germany’s foreign minister from 1992 to 1998 and a former head of the country’s foreign intelligence agency, has died. He was 82.

Kinkel’s Free Democratic Party, which he led from 1993 to 1995, announced his death on Tuesday without giving further details.

Kinkel led Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, from 1979 to 1982. He served as justice minister in Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s Cabinet after German reunification before succeeding Hans-Dietrich Genscher as foreign minister when Genscher ended his 18-year stint in the job.

Current Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter that Kinkel “contributed a great deal to the reunited Germany finding its place in the world and living in peace and respect with its neighbors.”

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