Bill Clinton's special birthday visit to Nelson Mandela

The warm smile and friendly handshake say it all.

Bill Clinton looked delighted to be in Nelson Mandela's company after paying him a visit on the eve of his 94th birthday.


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The former US President travelled to his old friend's family compound in Qunu – the picturesque village where the anti-apartheid icon grew up.

Also present at the low-key party were the hero's wife Graça Machel and daughter Zindzi.

Although the men have met on more than one occasion, the US statesman was inspired.


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"Even though he will be 94 tomorrow, when I think about Mandela I always think about someone committed to the future," Mr Clinton said afterwards.

"It was a great honour for me to serve as a president of America while Mandela was president of the Republic of South Africa."

The meeting was a rare appearance for the father of the Rainbow Nation.

His frail condition means he has largely withdrawn from public life, and visitors are kept to a minimum. 

Tthe last high profile visit to his home was that of Michelle Obama and her daughters back in June 2011.