Middle East leaders mourn Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Published January 23rd, 2015 - 09:36 GMT

Leaders from across the Middle East have paid tribute to the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday morning.

In the UAE, President Khalifa paid his condolences following the Saudi king’s death and said, “We mourn the death of one of the most notable leaders of the Arab Nation and Muslim Nation who generously gave a lot to his people and his nation and sincerely defended the causes of the Arab Nation and the Muslim Nation.

Khalifa also expressed his confidence that the king’s successor, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz will continue serving the causes of the nation. Three days of mourning has also been declared.

A “just” leader, was how Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi described King Abdullah. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab nation has lost one of its most prominent leaders,” he said in a presidential statement. "History will record the numerous achievements of the deceased to defend Arabism and Islam with honour, justice, pride and courageousness.”

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called on the country to mourn the death of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah “who has continually offered support for Lebanon.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of national mourning. Acting on a request from Bahrain’s King, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa ordered a 40-day mourning during which the flags will be flown at half-mast.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he has postponed Friday's planned trip to Somalia to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, a day after a bomb targeted a Turkish delegation in the capital Mogadishu.

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