On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia I convey my condolences on the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
In Dr Kohl's 16 years as Chancellor of Germany he was central in shaping not only the Germany we see today, but modern Europe.
Chancellor Kohl, in overseeing reunification, laid the foundations for a strong and united Germany.
He was the driving force behind the adoption of a common European currency and cemented Germany’s partnership with France.
Chancellor Kohl never wavered in his commitment to his democratic principles and ideals and will forever be remembered for his leading role in promoting global peace and prosperity.
Chancellor Kohl was also a good friend to Australia and was committed to the partnership between Australia and Germany which continues to go from strength to strength.