Putin offers condolences for death of Saudi king

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia for the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin press service said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia for the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin press service said.

The kingdom and the entire Saudi people have suffered an irreparable loss, the Russian chief of state said. "The late king was known as a wise and consistent statesman and politician, a leader who enjoyed love and respect of his subjects and deserved authority on the international scene. By ruling the country in a confident and effective manner at important stages of its development, His Majesty did a lot for improving the socioeconomic position of the population, developing public institutes of the kingdom and fighting terrorism on various levels," the Russian president said in his condolence message.

Putin hailed the contribution made by King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud to the fair settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict and said that it was at his personal initiative and with active participation that a solid foundation was laid for a dialogue between civilizations and a fresh impetus was given to interaction between religions.

The Russian chief of state noted the fruitful nature of his meetings and conversations with the King of Saudi Arabia in Moscow and Riyadh, which reaffirmed the traditionally friendly nature of Russian-Saudi relations and the mutual wish for their strengthening and development in all spheres.

The Russian president said he was confident that the positive groundwork laid in the reign of King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud would ensure further progress and prosperity of the Saudi state and promote regional stability and security.

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