US civil rights campaigner, the Rev. Jesse Jackson today met with Sinn Féin representatives and laid a wreath at the grave of Sinn Féin leader, Martin McGuinness, during a visit to Derry.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA, Karen Mullan said: "It was a great honour to welcome the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Derry today, as he laid a wreath at the grave of Martin McGuinness, accompanied by Martin's wife, Bernie and daughter, Fionnuala.

"Rev. Jackson has played a significant role in the development of the peace process here in Ireland, but also served as a voice for oppressed people throughout the world.

"He paid a very warm tribute to Martin McGuinness, comparing his legacy to that of Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela and his kind words were very much appreciated."

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