Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among a long list of world leaders who will be in Jerusalem on Friday for the state funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner died early Wednesday at the age of 93, two weeks after he suffered a stroke.
Peres was a protégé of Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion and was one of Israel’s most admired leaders.
Trudeau called Peres a “great friend of Canada” and a man of peace who made enormous contributions to the founding and building of Israel.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote on twitter he was saddened to learn of Peres’ death.
Laureen & I are saddened to learn of the passing of dear friend Shimon Peres. Our sincere condolences to his family & the people of Israel.
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) September 28, 2016
Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in a statement that Peres “meant so much to Israel, to Jewish people in Canada and around the world.”
“He will be missed and remembered by all those whose lives he has touched.”
WATCH: Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dead at 93
U.S. President Barack Obama will also attend the funeral of a man he calls “the essence of Israel itself.” Obama says Peres fought for Israel’s independence, worked its land, and served Israel in virtually every government position over a political career that spanned seven decades.
A campaigner for Middle East peace who played a seminal role in Israeli politics for nearly 70 years, Peres was mourned by world leaders and praised for his tireless engagement.
His pivotal role in the first Israeli-Palestinian peace accord earned him a Nobel Peace Prize, an award he shared with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.
He once said the Palestinians were Israel’s “closest neighbours” and might become its “closest friends.”
Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli ultra-nationalist who opposed the interim accords, and it was Peres who took over as prime minister after Rabin’s death.
Obama, Britain’s Prince Charles and U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are among those expected to attend, Israeli radio reported, although Israel’s Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm the attendance list.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed that he would attend, alongside his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also attend.
Peres had been in the intensive care unit of the Sheba Medical Centre after suffering a major stroke on September 13th.
The funeral will be held at Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery in Jerusalem.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his “deep sorrow” over Mr Peres’ death.
“As a man of vision, his gaze was aimed to the future,” he said in a video statement. “As a man of security, he fortified Israel’s strength in many ways, some of which even today are still unknown. As a man of peace, he worked until his final days toward reconciling with our neighbours for a better future for our children.”