December 3, 2020

Rwanda shocked with former Israel president death, Shimon Perez

Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary, died early Wednesday at the age of  93 at Tel Aviv.

The world went crazy and Rwanda express condolences to Israel, family and friends of Shimon Peres. Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo through her twitter account writes, “Sympathy and solidarity with Israel, the family and many friends of Shimon Peres; a great statesman has passed on!”

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 and the Israeli media also confirmed the former Israeli president’s death.

Mr Peres was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation’s birth in 1948. He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.

World figures are expected to attend his funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, including US President Barack Obama, Prince Charles and Pope Francis. The Clintons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have all confirmed they will attend, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Born in Poland on 2 August 1923, Shimon Perez was ninth president of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years.

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