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        1/12/2014, Shevat 11, 5774

      VP Joe Biden to Lead US Delegation to Sharon's Funeral

      Business Standard reports, expressing deepest condolences to the family of Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel, US President Barack Obama said Vice President Joe Biden will lead the American delegation to the memorial service of the popular former Israeli premier.

      "We reaffirm our unshakeable commitment to Israel's security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples," Obama said in a statement, adds Business Standard.

      "We continue to strive for lasting peace and security for the people of Israel, including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security.

      "As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honouring his commitment to his country," he said.

      Biden said: "I look forward to leading the US delegation to his memorial service, to pay respects to the man and to pay tribute to the unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel," says Business Standard.