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Mikati off for Mandela memorial
File - Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
File - Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
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BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati flew Monday to South Africa to take part in a memorial service for anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.

A source at Beirut airport said Mikati boarded a regular flight to Johannesburg via Doha, Qatar.

More than 50 heads of state and government officials have announced they will travel to South Africa to pay their respects to Mandela who died Thursday.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has decided not to attend the memorial service because it is too expensive.

The Israeli daily Haaretz said Netanyahu cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved (around $2 million) for his transport and security alone.

 
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