Istanbul. Former Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who died of lung cancer at 67 on Wednesday, was laid to rest on Thursday following a state ceremony held after Friday prayers, Cihan news agency reports.
The funeral was held at Istanbul's Tesvikiye Mosque. Cem's wife, son and daughter accepted condolences from numerous visitors. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal, former Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, former ministers and other state officials attended the funeral.
Former Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreou was also in Istanbul for his close friend's funeral. Papandreou was reported to have postponed his visit to India to attend the funeral. After the religious ceremony, a state ceremony was performed for former foreign minister. He was then taken to Zincirlikuyu Cemetery and laid to rest.
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