President condoles death of King Abdullah
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, remembering him as one who had “genuine warmth and affection” for India.
The President tweeted
King Abdullah had genuine warmth &affection for India &our people, was personally committed to improving bilateral ties #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) January 23, 2015
In his passing away, Saudi Arabia has lost a beloved leader, India a close friend and the world an elder statesman,” Mukherjee said.
Abdullah’s death was announced on Saudi state TV at 1 am today. He was 90.
A powerful US ally, he had joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaeda and sought to modernise the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women.