MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is now in Makkah for the burial of Crown Prince Naif, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday. Prince Naif’s body was expected to arrive Sunday in Jeddah from Geneva, where he was receiving medical treatment. Burial was planned for later in the day in Makkah.
King Abdullah arrived in the holy city from Jeddah on Saturday evening and was received at the Guests Palace by Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz along with other high officials and princes.
SPA said the king was seen off at Jeddah airport by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, minister of defense; Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, deputy minister of interior; Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities; and other officials. Among those who accompanied the king were Prince Abdulilah bin Abdulaziz, adviser; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, chief of general intelligence; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, minister of education; advisers Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz and Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, minister of atate, Cabinet member, and commander of the National Guard; and Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, deputy minister of foreign affairs.
According to SPA, Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, deputy minister of interior, has directed governors of regions and governorates to receive at their headquarters on Monday citizens to offer their condolences on the death of the crown prince. The SPA also said that a number of leaders and officials of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab states have sent condolences to the kingdom.
Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, said that Kuwait has lost a dear brother and sincere supporter. Professor Tawfiq bin Ahmed Khoja, the director general of the Executive Board of the Council of GCC Ministers of Health, said Crown Prince Naif “has accomplished gigantic achievements in all fields, particularly in the spheres of the defense of his homeland, its security, progress and prosperity.”
The Palestinian Fatah Movement commended in a press statement Naif for his pioneering roles in the support of the Palestinian people and their just issues.