President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday sent a letter of condolences to the president of Israel on the passing of Shimon Peres.
In the letter, Anastasiades expressed profound sorrow for the death of Peres, former Israeli prime minister and president.
“On this sad day, not only for Israel but also for humanity, I join my voice in expressing the deepest condolences of the government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus to the people and the government of the State of Israel, and my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Shimon Peres, a great and genuine statesman, a beacon unto nations,” Anastasiades wrote.
“We will also remember Shimon Peres as a genuine friend of our country, and for his profound contribution to the enhancement of the relations between Cyprus and Israel,” Anastasiades said.
He said he would be attending the funeral in Israel on Friday.
The Jewish community in Cyprus also expressed their grief at the loss of Peres.
The chief rabbi of Cyprus Arie Zeev Raskin, who met Peres during his visits to Cyprus, said he always cared about the welfare and progress of the Jewish community of the island and always offered his help for the growth and success of the community.
“For that I will always be grateful,” the rabbi said.