Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean attended the State Funeral for the former President of Israel, the late Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Friday (Sept 30).
DPM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, said: “It was a very moving ceremony, attended by about 80 leaders, ministers and parliamentarians. The large number of dignitaries reflects Mr Peres’ contributions to Israel and the global community.
He added: "The attendance of the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was especially notable. This gives hope for the future of the Middle East Peace Process.”
DPM Teo returns to Singapore on Sunday, said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press statement.
Mr Peres’ death on Wednesday at the age of 93 after suffering a major stroke drew tributes from around the world for Israel’s last remaining founding father.
An estimated 50,000 people filed past his coffin as it lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem throughout the day on Thursday.
In a career spanning seven decades, Mr Peres held nearly every major office, serving twice as prime minister and as president, a mainly ceremonial role, from 2007 to 2014.
He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in negotiating the Oslo accords, which envisioned an independent Palestinian state.
With additional information from AFP, Reuters