Official funerary ceremonies over death of Prince Sultan concluded

British Heir Apparent, U.S. Vice President offer condolences to Governor of Riyadh

The Saudi capital Riyadh resumed Thursday for the third day running to receive more kings and leaders of friendly and close countries as well as senior officials and representatives of world leaders who were offering condolences over the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz at the funerary headquarters in the al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain arrived to offer condolences and express sympathy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the royal family; and the Saudi people, on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

At Riyadh Air Base, King Hamad was received by Prince Naif bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Bahraini Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa and a number of officials.

King Hamad extended condolence and expressed sympathy on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, and other princes, appealing to Allah Almighty to bestow his mercy upon the soul of Prince Sultan.

This came during a reception for the King and the accompanying delegation at Al-Aziziah palace in Riyadh this evening.

For his part, Prince Salman thanked the Bahraini King for his noble feelings.

Accompanied by a number of deputies, Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Speaker of Bahrain's House of Representatives, arrived to offer condolences and express sympathy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, the royal family; and the Saudi people, on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

At Riyadh Airbase, they were received by a representative of the Royal Protocol and a number of officials.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, received at the Reception Hall at the Riyadh Air Base Air Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Commander-in-Chief of Bahraini Defense Force and Head of an official military delegation to extend condolences on the death of the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

During the reception, the Air Marshal and the accompanying delegation expressed deep sorrow at the passing away of the Crown Prince and prayed that may Allah rest his soul in peace.

Then the Bahraini delegation left en route home. They were seen off by Prince Khalid bin Sultan, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs.

Vice President Joe Biden of the United States arrived to offer condolences and express sympathy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the royal family; and the Saudi people, on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

At Riyadh Air Base, the US Vice President was received by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and a number of officials.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs, and other princes received Biden at Al-Aziziah palace in Riyadh.

Baden conveyed the condolences and expressed sympathy of President Barack Obama of the United States to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, the royal family; and the Saudi people, on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

For his part, Prince Salman thanked the U.S. President for his noble feelings, appealing to Allah Almighty to bestow his mercy upon the soul of the deceased.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister, and the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom James Smith.

Biden said that the United States of America will remember Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, as a friend and a supporter of a close and continuing partnership for decades with Saudi Arabia, noting that he shared U.S. President Barack Obama and his Administration in offering their condolences to the Royal Family and the Saudi people.

In a press statement issued by the White House, Biden expressed his sadness at the demise of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, adding that the world will remember his remarkable services to the Saudi people over the past half century, and his good care for Saudi citizens at home in financing housing and medical care for the needy people , in addition to financing, among other projects, scientific researches on water and combating desertification.

British Heir Apparent Prince Charles and the accompanying delegation arrived to offer condolences and express sympathy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the royal family, and the Saudi people, on the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

At Riyadh Air Base, Prince Charles was received by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; and a number of officials.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, received at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace Prince Charles and the accompanying delegation, including Defense Secretary Philip Hammond and British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Tom Phillips.

During the meeting, Prince Charles conveyed the condolences of Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family and the people of Britain to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the Saudi royal family; the princes, sons of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz; and the Saudi people, on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz thanked Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, the royal family and the people of Britain for their noble feelings, wishing them good health.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; and Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.