From his vacation residence in Marbella in Spain yesterday, Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz called King Muhammad Bin Hassan of Morocco to express
condolences on the death of his father, King Hassan, and to pray God to assist the new King
in leading his country and continuing the progress of the development begun by the late
From Taif, in Makkah Province, Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister
and Commander of the National Guard, made a similar telephone call.
Meanwhile, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense
and Aviation and Inspector-General, who arrived in Rabat, Morocco yesterday, met today with
King Muhammad Bin Hassan and conveyed to him personally the condolences of King Fahd, Crown
Prince Abdullah, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia on the death of King Hassan.
With Prince Sultan in the Saudi delegation attending today’s funeral services and prayers
were Riyadh Governor Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal,
Prince Faisal Bin Saud Bin Muhammad Al-Saud, Prince Faisal Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, and
Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Angary. On his arrival yesterday, Prince Sultan
confirmed the continuous support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Kingdom of Morocco,
within the Arab and Islamic fraternal relationship that binds the two countries.
King Hassan II was hospitalized early Friday with an acute lung infection, and died that
afternoon of a heart attack at the age of 70, after a reign of 38 years, the longest in the
Arab world. He is succeeded by his eldest son, 36, who is now King Muhammad VI. Yesterday,
Morocco began a 40-day period of mourning, and it was announced that funeral services would
be delayed until today to allow delegations from overseas to attend.