World lost 'great leader' in Colin Powell: US defence secretary

AFP , Monday 18 Oct 2021

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday paid tribute to Colin Powell, saying the world had lost "one of the greatest leaders we have ever witnessed".

File photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on as President Bush addresses State Department employees at the State Department in Washington. AP

"The first African-American chairman of the joint chiefs, the first African-American secretary of state.... a man who was respected around the globe," said Austin, who is the first African-American defence secretary.

"It will be quite frankly not possible to replace Colin Powell," Austin said during a visit to the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

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