Saudi holds funeral of King Abdullah: State TV

Foreign leaders gathered in a cavernous mosque in the Saudi Arabian capital on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah.

AFP| Updated: Jan 23, 2015, 19:34 PM IST

Riyadh: Foreign leaders gathered in a cavernous mosque in the Saudi Arabian capital on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the leaders of Sudan and Ethiopia joined Gulf rulers for the funeral prayer at Riyadh`s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque.

They prayed alongside Abdullah`s successor and half-brother, King Salman.

Television pictures showed Abdullah`s covered body borne on a simple litter carried by members of the royal family wearing traditional red-and-white checked shemagh headgear, following prayers.

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the National Guard minister and a son of the late king, was among the litter-bearers.

The body was quickly moved to nearby El-Ud public cemetery.

In keeping with the kingdom`s strict Muslim traditions, he was to be buried in an unmarked grave as was his predecessor King Fahd, who died in 2005.

Bahrain`s King Hamad, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, a high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait`s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah were among other leaders at the funeral which followed the ailing Abdullah`s death, at the age of about 90, early Friday.