I have requested that His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, represent Australia and Australians at the funeral service of Shimon Peres.
The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove will depart Australia tomorrow afternoon. The funeral will be held in Jerusalem on Friday.
Shimon Peres will be remembered as a truly great statesman; a nation builder and peacemaker. He helped found the state of Israel and went on to lead it, as Prime Minister and President.
Shimon Peres had a special fondness for Australia and Australians, among whom he had many friends and admirers.