Washington, D.C. – The International Republican Institute (IRI) issued the following statement in response to former Secretary of State George Shultz’s passing:
“Secretary of State Shultz was a true statesman and defender of freedom. Shultz’s commitment to diplomacy and the spread of democracy played a crucial role in bringing a peaceful end to the Cold War. The world is a better place thanks to his selfless contributions.”
In 2010, IRI gave Secretary Shultz the Freedom Award for his enduring dedication to America and his support for the creation of the National Endowment for Democracy.