Lithuania on Friday is paying last respects to late Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Israeli President Shimon Peres funeral
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President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius are attending his funeral in Jerusalem, and Vilnius residents and guests can express their condolences at the Israeli Embassy in the Lithuanian capital.

"We bid farewell to a great man of the world, a man of peace, an example of tolerance, a man important to all, including Lithuania, because he considered Lithuania, this region, his birthplace and called himself a Litvak," Grybauskaitė said.

"His visit (to Lithuania) several years ago marked a significant improvement in the relationship between our states, which is very important for us not only as we look to the future, but also as we reflect on our painful past," she said.

Peres was born only 100 kilometers from Vilnius, in a small town in what then was Poland, in 1923.

He was granted honorary citizenship of Vilnius during his visit to Lithuania in 2013.

The 93-year-old Nobel peace prize winner passed away on Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

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