"As a man of great learning and humility he guided the church through times of challenge and change."
The Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement responding to the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Mr Cameron said:
I would like to thank Rowan Williams for his dedicated service as Archbishop of Canterbury. As a man of great learning and humility he guided the church through times of challenge and change.
He sought to unite different communities and offer a profoundly humane sense of moral leadership that was respected by people of all faiths and none.
As Prime Minister, I have been grateful for his support and advice - and for the work he has done around the world, particularly in Africa where he has taken such a close interest in Sudan. I wish Rowan and his family the very best for the future.