Political leaders mourn death of former Israeli president Peres

"A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever."

US President Barack Obama


"Shimon Peres was, above all, a man of peace. My deepest condolences to his loved ones and to the people of Israel on his passing."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


"We can only honour his memory with a daily commitment to reconciliation, preserving and advancing his vision for a two-state solution.​"

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini


"Shimon Peres was a political giant, a statesman who will rank as one of the foremost of this era or any era, and someone I loved deeply."

Former British prime minister Tony Blair


"Through his steadfast desire to join the past with the future, Shimon Peres dedicated himself to the unique friendship between Israel and Germany."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier


"As one man he carried a whole nation on the wings of imagination, on the wings of vision."

Israeli President Reuven Rilvin


"The last of the founding fathers has left us. ... He didn't watch history - he wrote it."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


"I will miss Shimon Peres, my brilliant and eloquent friend. His life was a blessing to all who strive for peace."

Former US president Bill Clinton


"Shimon Peres dies at 93. A great man. But also deeply humane."

British historian Niall Ferguson


"We have lost a great statesman and a brave politician who never gave up the vision of peace in the Middle East."

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg


"A visionary, he impressed his interlocutors with his capacity to propose bold initiatives and new ideas to achieve these ideals."

French President Francois Hollande


"In former President Shimon Peres, we lost a key world leader and a friend of India. Pained by his demise. Our condolences to people of Israel."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi


"I mourn the death of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres. We send our condolence to his family and his countrymen."

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

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Israeli statesman Shimon Peres dies at 93, nation begins to mourn

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres died in hospital, aged 93, his family confirmed Wednesday, two weeks after the Nobel peace laureate suffered a major stroke.

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