World leaders attend Peres’ funeral

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Francois Hollande of France arrives Jerusalem for Peres' funeral. Today photo.
Francois Hollande of France arrives Jerusalem for Peres’ funeral. Today photo.

President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine and US President Barack Obama of U.S. are among the leaders who will attend the funeral of for former President Shimon Peres of Israel.

Israelis, along with other dignitaries from around the world French President Francois Hollande, and German President Joachim Gauck and other world leaders are among those attending.

According to Today news, Obama is one of the speakers at the ceremony.

Obama landed in Israel on Friday morning.

The United States delegation includes former President Bill Clinton, who will also speak, Secretary of State John Kerry, about 20 members of Congress and several administration officials.

Police shut roads in central Jerusalem ahead of the funeral.

It is expected to be Israel’s largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.

Peres died early Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 93.

Nigeria has condoled Israel over the death of the country’s former President and Prime Minister, Shimon Peres.

President Muhammadu Buhari extended condolences of Nigeria and its people to Israel on Thursday.

President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, conveyed the message to the government and people of Israel on Thursday.

President Buhari said the deceased exhibited visionary leadership, voice of wisdom and unparalleled experience of diplomacy in the Middle East.
Peres, he said, would continue to resonate in the long search for peace in the region.

President Buhari said as a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 alongside Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Peres demonstrated statesmanship and patriotism in signing the Oslo Accord and the subsequent treaties for a two-state solution.

He described the signing of the accord as “most quintessential and should be followed through so that the younger generations will inherit peace and harmony.’’

Buhari affirmed that Peres served “firmly, faithfully and dutifully in building a modern Israeli state, and also rose to the occasion when the world desperately needed a heart of love, magnanimity and understanding to heal the wounds of hostility in the region’’.

He said he joined the world in celebrating the warm memory of gentleness, goodness and kindness that Peres leaves behind for other leaders to emulate in serving their country and working for humanity.

He prayed that Almighty God would grant Peres eternal rest and comfort members of his family.

Meanwhile, Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich said Thursday that several Jewish and Arab suspects were arrested out of fears that they would cause problems at the state funeral of the late President Shimon Peres on Friday.

Ahead of the funeral, Alsheich said that the police carried out the preventative arrests at the request of the Shin Bet security service and police intelligence, who named several prominent figures they suspected may attempt to cause provocation at the funeral.

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