Beijing: China on Monday expressed "deep regret" and sorrow over the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz.
"The crown prince highly valued the friendship between China and Saudi Arabia and played an active role in promoting bilateral relations", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing, stating that China "feels deep regret for the passing of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia”.
The Saudi crown prince had passed away on Saturday. "Sultan was an important leader of Saudi Arabia and made significant contributions in improving his country`s development, as well as in promoting peace and stability in the region," Jiang said.
The spokeswoman said, President Hu Jintao sent a telegram to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressing his deepest condolences.