Abbas to Attend Mandela’s Funeral

AMMAN, December 9, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Monday headed to South Africa to attend the funeral of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

The Palestinian Authority declared Friday a one day mourning period and ordered flags flown at half mast.

Abbas had paid respect to Mandela and described him as “the bravest and the most important of the world figures that stood by us.”

Fifty three presidents and heads of state are expected to attend Mandela’s funeral.

An official national ceremony is scheduled to be held on Tuesday in Johannesburg, where Mandela made his last public appearance for the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup.

Mandela will be buried on Sunday in the town of Kono next to members of his family.