Obama hails late Saudi king's commitment to ties with US

President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Thursday on the death of Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah and saluted the late king`s commitment to close US-Saudi ties.

Washington: President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Thursday on the death of Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah and saluted the late king`s commitment to close US-Saudi ties.

"As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions," Obama said in a statement. "One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the US-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.

"The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah`s legacy," the statement added.

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