Jerusalem hosts a farewell to Shimon Peres

Baku, September 29, AZERTAC

Tributes and condolences poured in Wednesday following the death of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, according to CNN.

President Barack Obama will lead the US delegation to Israel for Friday's funeral, according to the White House.

Current and former world leaders, including former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were invited to services for the former Prime Minister, President and Nobel laureate. Peres, 93, died two weeks after a stroke.

Also invited are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince Charles, the leaders of Canada, Germany, France and Australia, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

Former President Clinton, who worked and regularly met with Peres as president, will attend the funeral on behalf of the Clinton family, according to a spokesman. Hillary Clinton has no plans to go, an aide said after some earlier reports indicated that she would attend.

Those invited have described the ninth Prime Minister of Israel as both a friend and an inspiration.

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