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 The Embassy of the State of Israel says the country has been thrown into deep mourning over the death of Mr Shimon Peres its immediate past president A statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Tony Obiechina Information official of the Embassy in Abuja said Peres died in the early hours of Wednesday in a Tel Aviv hospital He was aged 93 years Shimon Peres one of the last surviving founders of the State of Israel embodies the essence of the State These are the boldness in seeking independence the innovation in forming a modern economy and the relentless hope that led him in his pursuit of peace in the region he said Obiechina said that for more than half a century in the Israeli public service Peres was at different times twice a prime minister He said the late president also served as minister of defence foreign affairs finance and transportation until 2014 when he retired at the end of his seven year term as president Obiechina noted that the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Peres Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East He quoted Israel s President Mr Reuven Rivlin as saying that there was no chapter in the history of the State of Israel in which Peres did not write or play a part This is a sad day for the Israeli people and the State of Israel We all bow our heads at hearing of his passing I will carry his memory with me his handshake and his sensible advice which he always gave lovingly and in particular his spirit of hope which he breathed into the people I will carry his memory with me the spirit of hope and peace which was his path and desire Rivlin said Edited by Julius Enehikhuere NAN
Israel, world leaders mourn Peres

1 The Embassy of the State of Israel says the country has been thrown into deep mourning over the death of Mr Shimon Peres, its immediate past president.

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2 A statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Tony Obiechina, Information official of the Embassy in Abuja, said Peres died in the early hours of Wednesday in a Tel Aviv hospital.

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3 He was aged 93 years.

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4 “Shimon Peres, one of the last surviving founders of the State of Israel embodies the essence of the State.

5 “These are the boldness in seeking independence, the innovation in forming a modern economy and the relentless hope that led him in his pursuit of peace in the region,” he said.

6 Obiechina said that for more than half a century in the Israeli public service, Peres was at different times, twice a prime minister.

7 He said the late president also served as minister of defence, foreign affairs, finance and transportation, until 2014 when he retired at the end of his seven-year term as president.

8 Obiechina noted that the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.

9 He quoted Israel’s President, Mr Reuven Rivlin as saying that there was no chapter in the history of the State of Israel in which Peres did not write or play a part.

10 “This is a sad day for the Israeli people, and the State of Israel. We all bow our heads at hearing of his passing.

11 “I will carry his memory with me, his handshake, and his sensible advice which he always gave lovingly, and in particular his spirit of hope which he breathed into the people;

12 “I will carry his memory with me the spirit of hope and peace which was his path and desire,” Rivlin said.

13 (Edited by: Julius Enehikhuere)
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