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German president pays tribute to Israel’s Rivlin on leaving office

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid tribute to outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday during a visit to Jerusalem mark the end of Rivlin’s term of office. “Dear Ruvi, your term of office is ending, but our friendship remains,” Steinmeier said at the end of an emotional address. Rivlin responded with a “Thank you” in German before the two leaders embraced. Steinmeier had arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a three-day state visit. He was greeted with military honours by Rivlin on Thursday. Turning to the recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Stein…

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