There has been reaction from around the world following the announcement of the death of Saudi Arabia's ruler, King Fahd. Here is a selection of quotes.
KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN
Jordan will stand beside Saudi Arabia and its people on
this painful occasion. May God grant his mercy and patience
to the Saudi people. May God rest his soul.
HOSNI MUBARAK, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT
Saudi Arabia has lost one of its dutiful sons, a leader
among the most dear of its leaders and men.
GEORGE W BUSH, US PRESIDENT
King Fahd was a man of wisdom and a leader who commanded respect throughout the entire world. He was a friend and strong ally of the United States for decades.
MAHMOUD ABBAS, PALESTINIAN LEADER
We feel sorrow and pain over the death of the Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd. We have known this man for a
long time... he showed support and commitment to the
Palestinian revolution and to Fatah since the 1960s.
SHEIKH SABAH AL-AHMAD AL-SABAH, KUWAITI PRIME MINISTER
King Fahd... devoted himself to the service of his religion, homeland, people and his Arab and Muslim nation.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN PRESIDENT
He spent his life defending the interests of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the causes of the Arab nation. He was keen on fortifying relations between our two countries.
SHEIKH HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI
, EMIR OF QATAR
Today we lost one of the most prominent leaders and a good
man who dedicated his life and efforts to serve his country and
SAAD HARIRI, LEBANESE POLITICAL LEADER
The Arab and Islamic nation has lost a great man and one
of its fearless men who dedicated his life to the service
of the people of this nation and their aspirations.
ABU BAKR AL-KURBI, YEMENI FOREIGN MINISTER
It is a great loss for Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Arab and
Muslim nation. King Fahd's death will have repercussions on Arab
and Muslim action.
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO UK
[Fahd was responsible for] the establishment of human rights, stress on the fact that women should play an equal role in the development of Saudi Arabia as men, and also stressing of the fact that the practice of Islam in Saudi Arabia is a practice of the middle road, as the prophet Mohammed defined it.
JACQUES CHIRAC, FRENCH PRESIDENT
King Fahd was also committed to the strong and trusting relations between France and Saudi Arabia. This old friendship, which began with an exceptional link established by General De
Gaulle, took on a new dimension under his reign, helped by a shared vision of what was at stake regionally and internationally.
TONY BLAIR, UK PRIME MINISTER
King Fahd was a man of great vision and leadership who
inspired his countrymen for a quarter of a century as king. He
led Saudi Arabia through a period of unparalleled progress and
VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT
Russia will always remember the contribution [of King Fahd] in
the development of Russian-Saudi relations, which in recent years
were raised to a qualitatively higher level.
GERHARD SCHROEDER, GERMAN CHANCELLOR
He supported a dialogue of the Islamic world with the
West with wisdom, far-sightedness and great personal
BUCKINGHAM PALACE, RESIDENCE OF BRITISH QUEEN ELIZABETH II
The Queen was saddened to hear of the death of King Fahd, who led Saudi Arabia with wisdom and skill for 22 years. During his reign Britain and Saudi Arabia enjoyed a very close relationship. The Queen extends her best wishes to King Abdullah and looks forward to strengthening the bonds that link our two countries.
THABO MBEKI, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT
The King had been a good friend of the government and the people
of South Africa and we all mourn his passing with our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia.
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, PAKISTANI PRESIDENT
In his death, Pakistan
and indeed, the entire Muslim world has lost a statesman of high
HAMID KARZAI, AFGHAN PRESIDENT
The people of Afghanistan will continue to remember his
lasting friendship with the people of Afghanistan as well
as his unstinting support during the years of jihad against the Soviets.
KHALEDA ZIA, BANGLADESHI PRIME MINISTER
The late King's great service for the Muslim world and his noble deeds of charity and assistance for the poor of humanity will be long remembered with reverence.
THAKSIN SHINAWATRA, THAI PRIME MINISTER
His majesty's outstanding contribution to the development of
the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, his devotion to peace and understanding
among nations, as well as his great services to the Islamic world,
will always be remembered and cherished by all of us with admiration
JUNICHIRO KOIZUMI, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER
It is a major loss not only for Saudi Arabia but also for other
countries, including Japan, that maintain friendly ties with it.