PM Lee Hsien Loong deeply saddened by passing of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling on Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court in Riyadh in 2006. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling on Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court in Riyadh in 2006. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he is "deeply saddened" by the news that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia had died.

"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. My condolences to his family and the people of Saudi Arabia," PM Lee wrote on Facebook on Friday.

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King Abdullah, 90, died on Friday. He ruled Saudi Arabia since 2006, but had run the country as regent for a decade before that after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke.

His brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, thought to be 79, succeeds him.

PM Lee lauded the late king's vision and contributions, and said he was "honoured" to have met him in 2006.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Muslim affairs also expressed his condolences.

He added he is grateful that Saudi Arabia has always received pilgrims from Singapore warmly. 

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