Heads of diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah and around the world paid rich homage and deeply mourned the sad demise of King Abdullah, who passed away at around 1 a.m. on Friday, following an illness.
Diplomats from across the globe sent their condolences and described King Abdullah’s death as the loss of a great visionary leader who made reforms in order to take the Kingdom to new heights.
Joseph Westphal, US ambassador, said: “It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. He was a great leader, a man of strength and vision for his people and a steadfast friend of the American people. He will be greatly missed by his people and by America.”
Manzoor ul Haq, Pakistan ambassador, said: “King Abdullah was the architect of manifold development in the Kingdom and shared excellent ties with Pakistan.” He added that Pakistan would always cherish the support extended by the king.
Recalling the humanitarian and reformative approaches and visionary leadership of King Abdullah, Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao said: “During his rule, bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia gained momentum and laid the foundation for strategic partnership as reflected in the ‘Delhi Declarations’ and ‘Riyadh Declarations’. King Abdullah was India’s great friend and in his demise, the world has lost a wise and visionary leader, Rao added.
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