Egypt mourns death of South African 'freedom fighter' Desmond Tutu

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Dec 2021

Egypt mourned the death of South African archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Desmond Tutu
File Photo: South African archbishop Desmond Tutu. AP

“Egypt expresses its deep sadness and extreme sorrow for the loss of archbishop, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu,” the statement added.  

Tutu, 90, passed away on Sunday after a long struggle with illness.

“Egypt asserts that Archbishop Desmond Tutu was without a doubt a bright icon of the struggle against the apartheid system and one of the most prominent freedom and human rights fighters in the world and he will be immortalised by his shinning place in history as a role model for combating all kinds of racism while upholding the values of democracy and freedom,” the statement continued.  

Tutu gave a lesson to humanity about tolerance and the insistence to uphold peace, the ministry said.

The archbishop's peaceful struggle against all sorts of discrimination, inequality, and racism will remain a source of inspiration to the world, the ministry added.

The late archbishop was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system in South Africa.

Famously outspoken, even after the fall of the racist apartheid regime, Tutu never shied away from confronting South Africa's shortcomings or injustices as well as injustices in other places in the world, including his unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

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