New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee returned here today from Johannesburg where he attended a memorial service for South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Mukherjee was also accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Union Commerce and Industry Ministry Anand Sharma and two other parliamentarians.

Nearly 100 world leaders including Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama had yesterday come together in Johannesburg in an unprecedented act of homage to Mandela.

Calling him a venerated elder and a great soul, Mukherjee had said that India has no doubt that the world will honour the historic legacy of Mandela who taught the true meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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