Mushikiwabo attends funeral of Israel ex-President Shimon Peres

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Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has arrived in Israel’s capital Jerusalem to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres-Israel ex-president who died on Wednesday this week.

World leaders gather in Jerusalem today to pay tributes to Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers who died after two weeks battling brain stroke. He was aged 93.

Posting on her twitter handle, Minister Mushikiwabo said: “In Jerusalem as Envoy of President Kagame at the laying to rest of Shimon Peres to mark Rwanda’s togetherness with the People of Israel.”

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When news broke out of the death of Shimon Peres, Minister Mushikiwabo sent Rwanda’s condolences to the people of Israel. She tweeted: “Sympathy and solidarity with Israel, the family and many friends of Shimon Peres; a great statesman has passed on!”

Shimon’s state funeral is set to be held in Jerusalem today after his coffin was laid in parliament yesterday as people paid their last tributes to one of the country’s long-serving politicians.

Dozens of world leaders including US president Barack Obama and the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have arrived at Mount Herzl for the memorial service.

Mr. Peres signed Oslo peace accords in 1993 for which he won a Nobel Prize shared along Yitzhak Rabin and former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Shimon Peres was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He also served twice as Prime Minister and interim Prime Minister spanning 66 years in top political posts.

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