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Karzai saddened over McCain’s death

AT-KABUL: Senior politician Hamid Karzai expressed on Sunday his condolences over the death of prominent U.S. senator John McCain.

“I extend my condolences on the sad demise of Senator John McCain. In the many years of meetings and engagements with Senator McCain I found him honourable and friendly. I also admired his patriotism and dedication to his country,” he said.

“At this hour of sorrow my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” added Karzai.

Senator John McCaindied on Saturday at age of 81. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment ever since.

His family had announced that McCain, who left Washington in December, had decided to stop treatment on Friday. His daughter Meghan said the task of her lifetime would now be “to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.

“The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad – but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us,” she wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.

The six-term senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed after doctors discovered his tumour during surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last July.

His family said he would lie in state in Phoenix, Arizona, and in Washington DC before a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and his burial in Annapolis, Maryland.

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