Iran’s Zarif to travel to South Africa for Mandela funeral

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to participate in the funeral ceremony and memorial service of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

South Africa marks a week of commemorative events before a state funeral for the former president on December 15.

Mandela’s casket will lie in state for several days in Pretoria, before being flown for the funeral and burial in the village of Qunu in Eastern Cape, where he was born.

South African officials say some 60 heads of states are expected to attend either the funeral or a national memorial service on Tuesday in Johannesburg.

South Africans have been holding vigils since the nation’s first black president passed away on December 5.

Mandela passed away after a long battle against pulmonary illness. He had been receiving treatment at home since September.

Mandela, who led South Africa’s transition from white minority rule in the 1990s after nearly three decades in prison, was one of the towering political figures of the 20th century.

By Press TV


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