Saudi King Abdullah dies, Prince Salman new Ruler, Prince Muqrin Crown Prince

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud meets with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 27, 2014. (Photo courtesy-US Dept. of State)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia passed away before dawn on Friday.

UAE President His Highness President Khalifa 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.

Sheikh Khalifa praised the late king for being dedicated himself to the service of his people and nation and worked on bolstering cohesion of the Arab Nation.

The new Saudi ruler will be King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, according to a Royal Court statement.

Since the death in 1952 of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, the throne has systematically passed down to his sons.

King Salman (born December 31, 1935), is the 25th son of King Abdul Aziz. He was appointed governor of Riyadh province at the age of 20 and later served as minister of defense until 2011.

World leaders pays tribute 

US President Barack Obama said: “As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”

President George H. W. Bush who worked closely with King Abdullah during the 1990-91 Gulf War described him as “a wise and reliable ally, helping our nations build on a strategic relationship” in a statement.

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