Azerbaijani delegation to attend Peres funeral

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Baku, September 30, AZERTAC

An Azerbaijani delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev embarked on a visit to Israel to attend the state funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The body of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres will be laid to rest in a funeral attended by world leaders flanked by heavy security.

Early Friday morning, Peres' casket was loaded onto a hearse for the drive from the Knesset - the Israeli parliament of which he was a member for more than 45 years - to the national cemetery at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl.

A long list of dignitaries and foreign leaders arrived in Jerusalem to pay their respects, including President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the leaders of France and Germany.

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