Egypt's Sisi extends condolences for death of UN's Annan

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Aug 2018

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended on Saturday his condolences to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, according to a statement by presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.

"Annan's life represented an eventful and rich journey in which he made many vital contributions to achieving the goals of the UN," the statement said, adding that Annan played a vital role in furthering the causes of development and humanitarianism.

Rady also said that El-Sisi extends his condolences to the international community and the African continent. 

The 80-year-old Ghanaian national Annan died at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland early on Saturday, two of his close associates said.

Annan served two terms as UN secretary-general from 1997 till 2006, retiring in Geneva and later living in a Swiss village.

Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

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