The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, sent today 28 September 2016 a letter of condolence to the President of the State of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin, on the passing of Shimon Peres.
In his letter the President stated:
It is with profound sorrow that I heard the news of the passing of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and the 9th President of the State of Israel.
On this sad day, not only for Israel but also for humanity, I join my voice in expressing the deepest condolences of the Government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus to the people and the Government of the State of Israel, and my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Shimon Peres, a great and genuine statesman, a beacon unto nations.
President Peres’ leadership and visionary approach to politics has indelibly marked the pages of history as an emblematic figure of peace building. A tireless worker for the security of the State of Israel but also an indefatigable servant of peace. A promoter of tolerance, and of bridging divisions. His commitment towards a comprehensive peace in the Middle East has set a historic standard for the leaders of the region and of the world.
We will also remember Shimon Peres as a genuine friend of our country and for his profound contribution to the enhancement of the relations between Cyprus and Israel.
His passing leaves us with a sad void, but his formidable legacy of hope shall stay on to guide us towards peace and mutual coexistence in our region and worldwide.
May he rest in peace, as we make it our duty to keep his memory alive.”
Source: Press and Information Office.