Papua New Guinean Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has extended the nation’s sympathies following the passing of Israel’s former President and two-time Prime Minister, the Late Shimon Peres. “He was a true advocate of peace and will surely be remembered for his noble actions during his tenure as Israeli Prime Minister twice and as President,” PM O’Neill said. “On behalf of the Government and people of Papua New Guinea, I express my deepest sympathies to his wife and family. “This is a great loss to Israel as the late Peres was recognized throughout his country and the world as the ‘Icon of Peace’ and an outstanding leader. “I join hands with other leaders throughout the world to extend Papua New Guinea’s sadness over the passing of this outstanding leader.” In 2013, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had the honour of paying a courtesy call on the then President Peres in Israel during a high level official visit. “One of the comments that I recall from President Peres was to say the most important natural resource in every country is its people, and this is absolutely true. “I very much appreciated the warmly welcome extended by President Peres that has made a significant contribution to the growing relationship between our two countries.” H.E. Shimon Peres was the ninth President of Israel, serving from 2007 to 2014, and passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93.