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Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres was a respected statesman - Mahama

Mr Peres's condition had deteriorated after suffering a stroke two weeks ago.

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President John Mahama with former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres play

President John Mahama with former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres

President John Mahama has described the former Israeli Prime Minister and president Shimon Peres as a respected statesman who worked endlessly for world peace.

Peres was the ninth President of Israel, serving from 2007 to 2014.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres play

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Mr Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in negotiating the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier, a prize he shared with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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He died in a hospital near Tel Aviv early on Wednesday, September 28.

 

Some of the world's most powerful figures will be at the service in Jerusalem on Friday, including US President Barack Obama.

Mr Peres's condition had deteriorated after suffering a stroke some weeks ago.

He was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the nation's birth in 1948.

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