"I convey my deepest condolences to the family of former president Nelson Mandela and to the government and the people of South Africa," said Rasmussen.
"Nelson Mandela was a man of peace and a truly inspirational figure. He was a symbol of freedom, dignity and reconciliation to millions of people, irrespective of race."
"His death is a loss to us all, but he leaves a lasting legacy to the whole world," he said.
Former South African President, Nobel peace laureate and iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday night at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family.
--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)