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."

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"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.