The government of Rwanda has sent condolences to Israel at the death of its former president and Nobel peace laureate, Shimon Peres who has passed away at the age of 93.
Shimon who served twice as prime minister, once as president of Israeli and Nobel Peace Prize winner died today, some two weeks after suffering a major stroke.
According to media reports, the 93-year-old died in his sleep at around 3:00am (0000 GMT), Peres’ doctor Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, told AFP news agency. Israeli media also confirmed the former Israeli president’s death.
The Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has expressed heartfelt condolences to Israel for sad news. “Sympathy and solidarity with Israel, the family and many friends of Shimon Peres; a great statesman has passed on!”said Mushikiwabo via twitter account.
His funeral is set for Friday at Mount Herzl, the country’s national cemetery in Jerusalem.
The Israeli foreign ministry said that US President Barack Obama, former US President Bill Clinton and his wife and current presidential hopeful Hillary, the pope and the UK’s Prince Charles are among those who will attend Peres’ funeral.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "deep personal grief" in a statement in which he called Peres "the beloved of the nation". Netanyahu is expected to deliver a personal message later on Wednesday, and the Israeli cabinet will convene for a special mourning session.
- Shimon Peres