Afghan president leaves for South Africa to attend Mandela's memorial service   2013-12-09 19:52:15            

KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai left for South Africa on Monday to attend the memorial service of late Nelson Mandela, a statement released by Presidential Palace here said.

"President Hamid Karzai left this noon for Johannesburg city of South Africa to pay respect and attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, former president and anti-apartheid leader of South Africa," the statement added.

Afghan president will join other heads of states and governments to gather at a South African national memorial service to be held on Tuesday in honor of late Mandela at Johannesburg's largest stadium, the statement further said.


U.S. president to attend Mandela memorial service Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service for late former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a White House official said on Saturday.

First lady Michelle will accompany the president on his trip, but U.S. media said the official did not disclose more details about the president's schedule and his delegation. Full story

Canadian PM to pay final respects to Mandela

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Saturday that he, together with his three predecessors, will travel to Johannesburg on Sunday to pay their last respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died two days ago.

In a statement, Harper praised Mandela as "one of the world's most respected political and moral leaders." Full story

Preparations in full swing for Mandela's funeral: government

JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The South African government announced on Saturday that preparations are in full swing for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.

Among the arrangements, Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings from Dec. 11 to 13, said Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency. Full story

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