President Pranab condoles demise of Saudi King

President Pranab Mukherjee Friday condoled the demise of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, saying in his death India has lost a "close friend" who had "genuine warmth and affection for India and our people".

PTI| Updated: Jan 23, 2015, 14:11 PM IST

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Friday condoled the demise of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, saying in his death India has lost a "close friend" who had "genuine warmth and affection for India and our people".

“My heartfelt condolences to the government, royal family and people of Saudi Arabia over the sad demise of King Abdullah,” Mukherjee said in a condolence message.

“In his passing away, Saudi Arabia had lost a beloved leader, India a close friend and the world, an elder statesman. King Abdullah had genuine warmth and affection for India and our people. He was personally committed to improving bilateral ties with India," a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

King Abdullah, who was the chief guest at India's Republic Day in 2006, died early Friday.