RIP: World Leaders Mourn Shimon Peres During Tribute

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The world’s leaders paid tribute to Shimon Peres, former Israeli prime minister, in Jerusalem today.

Thousands of admirers and international dignitaries gathered in Jerusalem today (Sept.29, 2016) to pay tribute to a man who led a seven-decade political career and was seen as a symbol of hope for peace in the Middle East.

During his 70 years of public service, he filled nearly every position in Israeli public life, including once as President and twice as Prime Minister. In 1994, Mr. Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in reaching the 1993 Oslo peace accords, along with then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The 93-year-old died of a massive stroke on September 28, 2016.

Ninety delegations from 70 countries were on hand for his funeral at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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The Canadian delegation included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime ministers Stephen Harper and Jean Chrétien, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion and interim federal Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.

— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) September 28, 2016