C o m m u n i q u é
The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent to the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, the following message:
«I have learned, with great sadness and emotion, of the demise of the President Emeritus of Israel, Shimon Peres, one of your Country's Founding Fathers.
The determination, courage, passion and farsightedness that made President Peres a major player - over long and troubled years - in the history of Israel leave an indelible mark on the life of the whole Middle East region.
The Oslo Accords and the ensuing Nobel Peace Prize constitute one of the moments of greatest hope and confidence in the future for the whole international community.
The life of Shimon Peres, which has always been deeply permeated by feelings and values that enabled him to achieve extraordinary successes, is the fruit of the deep love for his Country and of a relentless and industrious pursuit of understanding and dialogue, with a view to building prospects of long-lasting peace in the Middle East.
Moved by the memory of this great protagonist of contemporary history and politics, on behalf of myself and of all the Italian people, allow me to express to you, to his family and to all the people of Israel heartfelt condolences and deep sympathy».
Rome, 28 September 2016