Statement By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Death of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, January 22, 2015

On behalf of all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I join the people of Saudi Arabia – and friends around the world – in mourning the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Like his father, who founded modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah was a man of tremendous character and courage – a historic figure dedicated to advancing the lives of his people at home as well as his country’s leadership abroad. He was a committed friend and partner of the United States. And he was a powerful voice for tolerance, moderation, and peace – in the Islamic world and across the globe.

I extend my condolences, thoughts, and prayers to King Abdullah’s family, and to all the people of Saudi Arabia. May he rest in peace as we celebrate his rich legacy for many years to come.

Release No: NR-023-15
January 22, 2015

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