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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

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

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.