|Iranian delegation to attend Mandela’s memorial||
TEHRAN – Iran is scheduled to send a delegation to South Africa to attend the memorial service for liberation struggle icon Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
More than 80,000 people, including 70 world leaders and other foreign dignitaries, are expected to attend the memorial for the anti-apartheid hero at a stadium in the Soweto township where Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the 2010 soccer World Cup, AP reported.
“The whole world is coming to South Africa,” foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said, according to Reuters.
Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, passed away peacefully in the company of his family on Thursday after a long battle with a lung infection.
Since his death, South Africa has been gripped by an outpouring of emotion unrivalled since Mandela’s release from 27 years in apartheid prisons in 1990, and his victory in the first all-race elections four years later.
After Tuesday’s event, Mandela’s remains will lie in state for three days the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as President in 1994. He will then be buried on December 15 in Qunu, his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape Province.
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