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Message on the Death of King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia.

November 11, 1953

His Majesty

Saud ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Saud

King of Saudi Arabia

It is with a profound sense of loss that I express my deepest sympathy to the Royal Family and people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of their illustrious father and ruler, King Abdul Aziz al Saud. His Majesty's statesmanship and sagacity as a ruler endeared him to the hearts of his people and won him universal renown. The American people were proud to count him and his nation among their most trusted and valued friends.

On this solemn occasion I wish to extend to Your Majesty, as your father's worthy successor, my good wishes upon your accession to the throne. I am confident that the warm bonds of friendship and mutual interest, which have bound our two countries so closely in the past, will remain firm and enduring under your able guidance. The people of Saudi Arabia are indeed fortunate to have their destiny served by a ruler so progressive and devoted to their welfare as yourself.


Dwight D. Eisenhower, Message on the Death of King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/232404

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