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.