Obamas, Bushes to travel to South Africa for Mandela funeral

President Obama and Michelle Obama in May 2013 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Obama and Michelle Obama in May 2013 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to South Africa next week to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House said Friday morning, and will be accompanied by former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.

"The President and Mrs. Obama will be attending the national memorial service for former President Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg," a White House official said Saturday. "Further details on the delegation and on the president's schedule will be provided soon."

The memorial service  will take place at a stadium in Johannesburg.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the Bushes, said Friday that they "have gratefully accepted the President and Mrs. Obama’s invitation to accompany them to South Africa on Air Force One and attend President Nelson Mandela’s memorial services next week."

Former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, along with former president Jimmy Carter, will also attend memorials for Mandela in South Africa.

A state funeral for Mandela will take place Dec. 15 in the anti-apartheid leader’s hometown.

Mandela died Thursday. He was 95.

This post has been updated.

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