Israel pays tribute to Kofi Annan
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Israel pays tribute to Kofi Annan

Prime Minister and Foreign Ministry join world leaders in offering their condolences following the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan

The Israeli government has paid its tribute to the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, saying he was man who fought against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Passing away over the weekend, in Switzerland, aged 80 after a short, unspecified illness, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in paying his respect.

He said: “We will remember him as having been very active in the international arena and as someone who fought anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. We send our condolences to his widow and his family.”

A firm supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he was involved in peace negotiations between the sides throughout his tenure between 1997-2006, and helped secure a truce between Israel and Hezbollah before leaving office.

The Foreign Ministry called him a “pillar of multilateral diplomacy,” and said in a statement how he “opposed attempts to delegitimise Israel, fought resolutely against Holocaust denial, and in 2006 supported the UN initiative to establish an International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

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