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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Life in pictures: King Fahd
King Fahd of Saudi Arabia
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King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has died following a 23-year reign.
King Fahd meets French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1975.
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After acquiring a reputation as a playboy during his youth, the king developed his skills as a diplomat during the 1970's.
King Fahd prays at his Riyadh palace
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Following his ascension to the Saudi throne in 1982, the king steered the deeply conservative kingdom through a turbulent period.
King Fahd meets former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat
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He maintained good relations with many controversial Middle-Eastern leaders...
King Fahd with Saddam Hussein
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...although Saudi relations with Saddam Hussein soured after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
King Fahd with former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
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He will be remembered for developing strong ties with the West.
King Fahd is wheeled from his yacht in 2002.
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In recent years, however, the ailing King was often confined to a wheelchair and delegated power.


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