Ghana’s former President and African Union High Representative for Somalia, Flt Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has described the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi as a true Pan-African and a pillar of unity and leadership within the East African sub-region.

President Rawlings described Mr Zenawi as a man of integrity who brought a sense of nationalism to his country.

The former President paid this tribute in an interview with Ethiopia Television after signing a book of condolence opened at the State House in Addis Ababa on Saturday. He had earlier called on the widow of the fallen premier, Azeb Mesfin in a tearful meeting.

The late Prime Minister final funeral rites took place on Sunday, September 2.

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