The statement made by Sir John Major on 18 October 2021 following the announcement of the death of General Colin Powell KCB.
Colin Powell was one of the finest men I ever met. And, perhaps, one of the finest Americans never to be President.
Both in the military and in government he led with calm authority, and was an inspiration to all those who served alongside him.
During the first Gulf War – as Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff – we could not have wished for a stronger ally, nor one who commanded such affection and respect from our own Armed Forces.
Throughout his long and exceptional career, Colin served with honour and distinction. He was a true public servant, who I was proud to call a friend.