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Vice President to lead delegation to condole death of King Abdullah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

January 24, 2015

The Government and people of India have received with deep sadness and shock the news of the demise of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the passing away of His Majesty King Abdullah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lost a leader and world an elder statesman. The achievements of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under his leadership stand testimony to his vision.

India has maintained close and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Abdullah. These bonds have been especially strengthened by the presence of the large expatriate Indian community which has found a home in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Government of India has declared a day's mourning onSaturday 24 January 2015and flags are being flown at half-mast. Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President is leading the Government of India delegation to convey our condolences on24 January 2015in Riyadh.

Hon President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and Hon. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi have sent messages of condolences to His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

New Delhi
24 January 2015

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