Scottish independence: Henry Kissinger backs Union

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Picture: AP

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Picture: AP

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FORMER US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has said he would not welcome anything that would make the United Kingdom smaller.

Mr Kissinger, a former national security adviser and secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, said he has no strong views on the technical issues of the Scottish independence referendum.

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But he remains a strong advocate of Britain’s nuclear capability – which is based in Scotland – and its role in global strategy. “I have always been a strong advocate of the special relationship,” he told Prospect magazine.

“Not so much because of the power of Britain but because I thought it was important for America and important for the structure of the world to have another country that independently designed its policy but, because of its own convictions and a maybe different tradition of foreign policy and a longer experience with geopolitics, worked on common conclusions.”

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