17 September 2012
President Zuma conveys condolences following the passing on of Palestinian Ambassador
On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Palestine following the passing on of the Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Ali Halimeh. Ambassador Halimeh passed away on Sunday, 16 September 2012, in Pretoria.
President Zuma said: "The South African Government has learnt with shock and sadness the news of the passing on of Ambassador Ali Halimeh over the weekend in Pretoria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ambassador Halimeh, as well as with the Palestinian people during this difficult time of bereavement.”
The South African Government reaffirms its commitment to continue its diplomatic relations and solidarity with Palestine. South Africa identifies with the struggles of the Palestinian people and continues to support the rights of Palestinians to an independent and viable state.
Arrangements are being made for the repatriation of Ambassador Ali Halimeh’s body to Palestine.
For further information please contact Mr. Nelson Kgwete on +27 76 431 3078
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road