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Statement by the Vice President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

January 22, 2015

Jill and I were saddened to learn of the passing of King Abdullah. We extend our sympathies to his family in their moment of loss.

King Abdullah's death is a great loss for his country. It is hard to distinguish him from Saudi Arabia itself. Over many decades, he played an outsized role in building his country.

Over the years, I have come to know King Abdullah. I always appreciated his frankness, his sense of history, his pride in his efforts to move his country forward, and his steadfast belief in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

In the coming days, I will be leading a Presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects and offer condolences to King Abdullah's family and nation.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement by the Vice President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/320752

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