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Stephen Harper offers condolences after death of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon

FILE - In this Sunday May 16, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office regarding education reform. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
January 11, 2014 - 6:10 AM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is offering condolences following the death of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon,

In a statement, Harper says Sharon was "a renowned military leader" who "pursued the security of Israel with unyielding determination that was recognized by friends and foes alike."

Harper says Sharon played a central role in the Israeli government for several years, changing the political landscape through his leadership and vision.

The PM calls Sharon "one of the architects of modern day Israel and one of the nation’s staunchest defenders."

Harper says Canada values its long-standing relationship with Israel, "which is based on shared values, common interests and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties.”

Sharon died today at age 85, eight years after suffering a stroke that left him in a coma.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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