Greek PM pays tribute to Mandela

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday hailed Nelson Mandela as a “symbol of struggles for human dignity, equality and freedom,” saying the former South African president was a model of humility and selflessness.

“Today we, and the rest of the world, farewell a hero who wrote unique pages in modern history, a symbol of struggles for human dignity, equality and freedom in a better and more fair world,” Samaras said in a statement.

“We Greeks will always honor his memory,” the Greek premier said calling Mandela “a model of humility, selflessness and humanitarianism… a fighter against violence, apartheid and all types of racism.”

The former South African leader died Thursday at the age of 95.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.