World leaders express grief as Crown Prince Naif laid to rest
Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, was laid to rest in Al-Adl cemetery here Sunday evening.
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who arrived in Makkah Saturday night, was joined in the funeral prayers at the Grand Mosque by Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Defense Minister; Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region; Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait; King Abdullah of Jordan; Najib Miqati, Prime Minister of Lebanon; Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan; King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, Chairman of the Supreme Military Council of Egypt; Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestinian Authority; Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan; Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi of the Arab League; other dignitaries from around the world, princes, senior officials and thousands of citizens. Hundreds of thousands of Umrah performers from all over the world also attended the funeral prayers.
Crown Prince and Interior Minister Named
Following the demise of Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has chosen Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the current Minister of Defense, as Crown Prince and appointed him Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, a royal order said today.
Princes, ministers express sorrow
Hail Gov. Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen conveyed his condolences, as well as those of the people of Hail, to King Abdullah, his brothers and children and to all Saudi people. He was the top security official in the country and implemented the concept of modern security administration.
“Nobody will have a difference of opinion on the major loss the nation has suffered as a result of Prince Naif’s death. He was one of the country’s dedicated administrators. He worked hard for the protection of the lives and properties of citizens and residents. Prince Naif will remain amongst us through the imprints he had left in various parts of the country,” he said adding that Prince Naif had played a monumental role in strengthening patriotism among Saudis.
Statement on the Passing of the Crown Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
Press Statement, Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Crown Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud. I want to express my condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the family of Crown Prince Naif, and the people of Saudi Arabia. He devoted his life to the security of Saudi Arabia and its fight against extremism.