Saudi Arabia bury Prince Saud al-Faisal, world's longest serving foreign minister

Prince Saud's body was flown home from the United States on Saturday afternoon for funeral prayers and burial


Afp July 11, 2015
Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal (R) stands next to the coffin of Prince Saud al-Faisal as it is being unloaded from a plane upon its arrival in Jeddah on July 11. PHOTO: AFP

JEDDAH: Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisal, formerly the world's longest-serving foreign minister who oversaw four decades of turbulent diplomacy for the oil-rich kingdom, was buried on Saturday.

Prince Saud's body was flown home from the United States on Saturday afternoon for funeral prayers and burial.

His funeral was held after evening prayers in Makkah in the presence of regional dignitaries led by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Jaber al-Sabah.

A statement from the royal court on Thursday said Prince Saud, who was born in 1940, had died in the United States, without giving the cause of death.

Prince Saud was one of the highest profile members of the kingdom's ruling elite before stepping down in April for health reasons.

He oversaw Saudi Arabia's emergence as a major diplomatic player, facing successive regional crises and maintaining a focus on relations with the West.

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COMMENTS (2)

Regina | 5 years ago | Reply R.I.P. Your Highness. Your wisdom, diplomacy, intelligence, honor and grace will be sorely missed. You are a true gift from Allah. Your work is now done and now you are home to collect your reward. I have learned much from you during my college years and I still look forward to learning the lessons you have left behind. Sleep on my Great Prince. Sleep on.
mak | 5 years ago | Reply Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun. May Allah bless his soul. The Faysal branch of the al-saud clan the most well respected within saudi and out side the Kingdom and it is indeed a loss to have one of it's patriarch's expire.
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