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© AFP archive | Shimon Peres laughing as he addresses the annual Bastille Day reception at the French ambassador's residence in Tel Aviv.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-09-28

World leaders have paid tribute to former Israeli president and Nobel peace prize winner Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93.

French President François Hollande
"Shimon Peres now belongs to history, which was his companion during his long life. With the death of Shimon Peres, Israel has lost one of its most illustrious statesmen, and peace one of its most ardent defenders."

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Shimon Peres was the conscience of the world and a fearless builder of peace. The world mourns his passing.”

Shimon Peres, then Israel's foreign minister, signs the Oslo Accords at the White House on September 13, 1993.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, express their deep personal grief on the passing of the beloved of the nation, former Israeli President Shimon Peres."

US President Barack Obama
"There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people. Perhaps because he had seen Israel surmount overwhelming odds, Shimon never gave up on the possibility of peace between Israelis, Palestinians and Israel's neighbours."

Former US president Bill Clinton
"The Middle East has lost a fervent advocate for peace and reconciliation and for a future where all the children of Abraham build a better tomorrow. He was a genius with a big heart who used his gifts to imagine a future of reconciliation not conflict, economic and social empowerment not anger and frustration, and a nation, a region, and a world enhanced by caring and sharing, not torn asunder by the illusions of permanent dominance and perfect truth."

Former US president George H W Bush
"By his unyielding determination and principle, Shimon Peres time and again helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of mortal challenge. But it was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over and helped pave a path to peace broad enough that future generations will walk it one day, side by side."

German President Joachim Gauck
"Shimon Peres marked Israel like no other politician. He served his country in different roles with solid principles when it concerned Israel's security and a strong will when it was about advancing the peace process with the Palestinians."

Date created : 2016-09-28


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