Mandela Day: President Obama hails Mandela on 95th birthday

Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has extended his ''warmest wishes and prayers'' to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who turned 95 Thursday as the world also marks the Nelson Mandela International Day.

''On behalf of our family and the people of the United States, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes and prayers to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday, as well as to Graça Machel, the Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa as they mark the fifth annual Nelson Mandela International Day,'' President Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

''Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility,'' he said.

President Obama also said that on Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service.  

''Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people - and the world - the path to justice, equality, and freedom.  

''May Nelson Mandela’s life of service to others and his unwavering commitment to equality, reconciliation, and human dignity continue to be a beacon for each future generation seeking a more just and prosperous world,'' he added.

Mandela remains in a Pretoria hospital where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection, but his daughter Zindzi said her father had made ''remarkable'' progress, adding to the ray of hope generated by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who said his predecessor in office could soon be released from the hospital to recuperate at home.
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18 july 2013 13:54:09

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