Tributes have been flooding in from across the globe for the late King Abdullah bin Abdulazia of Saudi Arabia, who died on Thursday at the age of 90.
President Obama led the tributes saying: “As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in
the importance of the US-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said King Abdullah would be remembered for his “commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths”.
“This is a sad day. The United States has lost a friend, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and the world has lost a revered leader.” – US Secretary of State John Kerry.
“The head of state expresses his sincere condolences to the Saudi people and expresses his commitment to the friendship between France and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” – The Elysee Palace in France.
“I’ll never forget the way Saudi Arabia and the United States stood together against a common foe – marking a moment of unparalleled cooperation between two great nations.” – Former President George H.W Bush.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Abdullah saying a “guiding force” was lost upon death.
King Mohammad VI of Morocco hailed King Abdullah as a man who dedicated his life to service of the Arab world.
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah have cut short their visits to the World Economic Forum in Davos so they are able to attend the King’s funeral.
“The Egyptian people will not forget the historic stances of King Abdullah.” – The Egyptian presidency.
A Jordanian minister has declared that the Hashemite Kingdom will take part in 40 days of mourning and Palestinian President Abbas has announced three days of mourning.