President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday paid tribute to former Israeli President Shimon Peres who passed away on Wednesday and said that he would be remembered as a ldquo;steadfast friend of Indiardquo;.

quot;I was deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Shimon Peres… Please accept my heartfelt condolences Mukherjee expressed his condolence to his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

ldquo;Peres would be remembered as a steadfast friend of India and his lasting contribution to the strengthening of bilateral partnership between the two countries would be long rememberedrdquo; he said.

quot;Israel has lost a statesman who made courageous efforts to achieve peace for his country and the regionrdquo; Pranab said adding quot;I warmly recall my last meeting with him in October 2015 in Israelquot;.

Peres was a Nobel laureate and one of Israel’s founding fathers. He was 93.

ldquo;The worldwide admiration and accolades that he received for his work including the Noble Peace Prize are a testimony to the values that he stood forrdquo; Pranab said adding quot;Peres was a visionary who strongly believed in the power of knowledge innovation and technologyquot;.

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