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In quotes: Reaction to Ford's death
Political leaders and dignitaries have been paying tribute to former US President Gerald Ford, who has died at the age of 93.

Here are some key quotes:

GEORGE W BUSH, US PRESIDENT

"For a nation that needed healing and an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we needed him most... He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character."

DICK CHENEY, US VICE-PRESIDENT AND FORMERLY FORD'S CHIEF-OF-STAFF

"[Gerald Ford] assumed the nation's highest office during the greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. In that troubled era, America needed strength, wisdom and good judgment, and those qualities came to us in the person of Gerald R Ford."

JIMMY CARTER, FORMER US PRESIDENT

"An outstanding statesman, [Gerald Ford] wisely chose the path of healing during a deeply divisive time in our nation's history. He frequently rose above politics by emphasizing the need for bipartisanship and seeking common ground on issues critical to our nation. I will always cherish the personal friendship we shared."

BETTY FORD, GERALD FORD'S WIDOW

"His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."

GEORGE H W BUSH, FORMER US PRESIDENT

"I think people will learn [from Gerald Ford] what decency and honour are all about in the White House. It never went to his head that he was president... this is his legacy. He came in and he healed, and the rest is history. An amazing man."

KOFI ANNAN, UN SECRETARY GENERAL

"President Ford will be remembered for the leadership, calm resolve and broad experience he brought to the presidency during a particularly difficult period."

PATRICIA NIXON COX, DAUGHTER OF FORMER US PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON

"History will honour Gerald Ford as a good man who became the respected leader of the Free World in unique times. My father had deep respect for Gerald Ford as an honourable and dedicated public servant."

BILL CLINTON, FORMER US PRESIDENT, AND HILLARY CLINTON, NEW YORK SENATOR

"Gerald Ford brought Americans together during a difficult chapter in our history with strength, integrity and humility. All Americans should be grateful for his life of service. To his great credit, he was the same hardworking, down-to-earth person the day he left the White House as he was when he first entered Congress almost 30 years earlier."

NANCY REAGAN, WIDOW OF FORMER US PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

"Ronnie and I always considered him a dear friend and close political ally. His accomplishments and devotion to our country are vast, and even long after he left the presidency he made it a point to speak out on issues important to us all."

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR

"[The United States] has lost a man whose integrity, strength of character and commitment to this nation distinguished him as one of our most selfless leaders."

VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT

"We would like to express our condolences to the family of former US president Gerald Ford and the American people."

VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

"We remember him as a major political figure whose personal significant contribution contributed to the development of a dialogue and a strengthening of relations between Washington and Moscow."

GEN PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, PAKISTANI PRESIDENT

"His exemplary devotion and dedicated services to his country will always be a source of admiration to us."

JOSE MIGUEL INSULZA, SECRETARY GENERAL, ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

"President Ford brought to the White House a true sense of optimism during a very challenging period in this nation's history."


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