Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Nelson Mandela Made the World Better


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed his condolences to the Republic of South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane regarding the death of Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa.

“We have lost one of the bravest individuals of our time,” said Foreign Minister Paet in his letter of condolence. “Mandela made the world better. I express my profound sympathy to the people of the Republic of South Africa and to Mandela’s close ones,” added Paet.

Mandela was the first black South-African president in the years 1994-1999.

Mandela was born in 1918 and joined the African National Congress in 1943. In 1964, he was accused of sabotage and sentenced to life in prison. Nevertheless, Mandela was freed from prison in 1990.

In 1993, he was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with then-President Frederik de Klerk.

After his presidency Mandela became the Republic of South Africa’s most influential spokesman, fighting actively against HIV and AIDS and helping to secure South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He also participated in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, other African countries, and elsewhere. 


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