Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday referred to former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir as "a man who had a major role in forming the state," after his death at the age of 96 was announced on Saturday.

Liberman stated that Shamir served as an example of "a principled man."

"I had the honor of knowing Shamir personally and I will always remember him and his great contribution to the country," the foreign minister stated.
            

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