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Obama Offers Condolences To South Africa's Jacob Zuma

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US President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement about the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the briefing room of the White House on December 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama described Mandela, who died at 95, as 'influential, courageous and profoundly good.' AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma (ZOO'-muh) on the death of the Nelson Mandela, the country's former president.

The White House says Obama shared with Zuma how profoundly Mandela's example of moral courage, kindness and humility influenced his own life and the lives of millions of people worldwide. The president also reaffirmed that the partnership between the U.S. and South Africa will continue to draw strength from Mandela's legacy.

Mandela, the former president and political prisoner, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 95.

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