AT-KABUL: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, believed to be around 90-year old, breathed his last on Friday and replaced by his half-brother Salman.
In a statement the royal palace said that the king died at 1:00 am local time, however did not mention cause of his death. The late king was suffering from pneumonia. Abdullah was laid to rest on the same day. His funeral was attended by several leaders and large number of Saudis in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
According to the Saudi embassy in the United States, Abdullah ruled the kingdom since 2005. The new 79-year old ruler, Salman in his first public statement vowed to work for unity and solidarity among Muslims. The new Saudi king had served as defense minister and previously as governor of Riyadh. Clearing uncertainty over the transition to the next generation of the royal family, the new ruler named the interior minister Prince Mohammad bin Nayeb as “second in the line to the throne”.
The ex-President Hamid Karzai on Friday expressed deep sadness over demise of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud.
Karzai said that King Abdullah was a well wisher of the Muslim World, and paid great services for prosperity of Muslims during his life. “He was a great friend of Afghanistan. Both, the Afghan government and I are grateful for his kindness,” he said.
He also said that demise of King Abdullah is a great loss for the world particularly for Muslims. “I extend my condolences to all Muslims. May his soul rest in peace,” Karzai prayed.
Karzai also extended his heartfelt condolence to the people of Saudi Arabia particularly the royal family.