Obama says Peres reminded him of 20th-century giants like Mandela

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Jerusalem (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Shimon Peres reminded him of "giants of the 20th century" like Nelson Mandela in his eulogy for the Nobel Peace Prize winner in Jerusalem on Friday.

"In many ways, he reminded me of some other giants of the 20th century that I've had the honour to meet," Obama said at the funeral for the former Israeli president and prime minister attended by world leaders. He named Nelson Mandela and Britain's Queen Elizabeth.