2005 News Story

King Abdullah receives condolences, including call from U.S. President

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received today a phone call from U.S. President George W. Bush, who expressed, on behalf of himself, his family and the people of the United States of America, deepest condolences on the passing of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, who died early this morning.

Meanwhile, messages of sympathy are pouring in from all over the world, praising King Fahd's great vision and leadership. Since the news broke, heads of state of Arab countries have been phoning and sending cables of condolence. Britain's Queen Elizabeth commented on the close relationship between the two countries, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder referred to the late king's wisdom and far-sightedness. French President Jacques Chirac said: "During his reign King Fahd was, above all, concerned with the safety of his people. In troubled times, he guaranteed the integrity of his country and defended regional stability.”