DFA Chief to go to Saudi Arabia to Relay Condolences on King’s Death

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario will go to Saudi Arabia to personally convey President Benigno Aquino III’s condolences on the death of King Abdullah.

The DFA disclosed this Sunday in a post on its spokesman Charles Jose’s Twitter account.

It did not immediately say when del Rosario is to head for the Kingdom.

On Friday, the DFA issued a statement mourning the passing of King Abdullah.

It said the Philippines expresses its “deepest condolences and sympathies” to the Saudi government and people.

“The Philippines stands in solidarity with the government and the people of Saudi Arabia during this time of national mourning,” it said.

King Abdullah passed away Friday morning. Succeeding him was his brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

“The late King was a courageous, generous, and visionary leader who introduced policy changes in education and infrastructure. He was a champion in fighting extremism,” the DFA said.

Under King Abdullah, the DFA added Saudi Arabia strengthened its contributions as a positive force in the global economy.

It said King Abdullah’s passing “is not only a profound loss for the Kingdom and the Islamic world, but also for the community of responsible nations.”

(Source: Joel Locsin/LBG, GMA News)

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