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President Obama leads tributes at funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres

President Obama has led tributes at the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres.

The 93-year-old, who stepped down as president in 2014, passed away on Wednesday in Tel Aviv, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He jointly won a Nobel Prize for his peace efforts with the Palestinians in the 1990s.

Mr Obama said the attendance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace" in the Middle East.

The flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres is carried by an honour guard at the start of his funeral. Credit: Reuters
A huge crowd of mourners gathered at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery. Credit: RTV

In a 20 minute eulogy, Mr Obama said Peres had always strived for a resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict that treated both sides equally.

"Even in the face of terrorist attacks, even after repeated disappointments at the negotiation table, he insisted that as human beings, Palestinians must be seen as equal in dignity to Jews and must therefore be equal in self-determination," he said.

Prince Charles chats to French President Francois Hollande. Credit: Reuters

Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, David Cameron and Tony Blair were among the attendees at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery.

Current and former French presidents Francois Hollande and Nicholas Sarkhozy were also there.

David Cameron and Tony Blair. Credit: RTV
Former US President Bill Clinton. Credit: RTV

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