Gov. Andrew Cuomo will represent New York at the funeral of the late former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Cuomo is flying to Israel on Thursday to attend the service scheduled for Friday.

Peres, who died on Wednesday, twice served as the prime minister of the Jewish State and twice as interim prime minister and served in various top-level posts in the Israeli government.

Both Cuomo and Peres had known each other for several years and were said to have a warm relationship.

During his trip to Israel in 2014, Cuomo met with Peres.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres,” Cuomo said in a statement. “He was not only a great leader for his country, but one of the most profound statesmen our world has ever known.”