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Published:October 23rd, 2011 11:02 EST

UN Chief Ban Mourns Death Of Saudi Crown Prince

By SOP newswire3

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the passing of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, and paid tribute to the significant role he played in Saudi Arabia for many years.


The Crown Prince, who was in his eighties, was the half-brother of Saudi leader King Abdullah and also his country`s Minister of Defence and Aviation. He reportedly died this morning at a New York hospital following a long illness.

Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, said Crown Prince Sultan played a significant role in his country for many years and was respected around the world for his wisdom and statesmanship. "

The Secretary-General conveyed his deepest condolences to the royal family, as well as to the Government and people of Saudi Arabia.