Historic Role of a Great Arab Leader

  • 24 January 2015

The demise of His Majesty Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia – may God bless his soul – is the loss of a great Arab leader. King Abdullah was well known for his historic positions that demonstrated devotion to his people and the Arab and Islamic worlds. His decisions were testimony to his belief in peace, dialog and coexistence among human beings, regardless of the differences of faith, cultures or civilizations. King Abdullah will remain a symbol of wise leadership who took critical steps and made humanitarian efforts to make a place in the hearts and minds of the Saudi people, Arabs, Muslims and people around the world.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), who mourned his brother King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, expressed great appreciation of the late king in the United Arab Emirates and conveyed the country’s grief and sadness on the demise of a great Arab leader who played a vital role in maintaining regional security and stability under the most difficult circumstances. “We mourn the death of one of the most notable leaders of the Arab and Muslim world who was known for his generosity toward his people and for defending the cause of the nation,” His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said. His Highness said that the late leader “dedicated himself to his people and to the issues of the nation tirelessly. He worked to strengthen the Arab structure and boost its cohesion.”

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz made significant achievements in the positions he held in Saudi Arabia. He served as a leader who works for his people and makes their well-being, progress and development a top priority. He opened his doors to his people and directed all policies, on domestic and external fronts, toward serving them. He raised their standard of living and earned them a deserved position among nations. Hence, his name and memory will remain etched in Saudi history as one of the greatest leaders who left an indelible mark and a rich legacy. Arab people will never forget the firm positions taken by the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for the region during times of conflict and disorder. He courageously resisted attempts to interfere in the affairs of the Gulf region or the Arab world and made frequent calls for unity, cohesion and cooperation.

Nations around the world will never forget that he was a pioneer in calling for a dialog of civilizations. He renewed this invitation in various forums, stressed the need to recognize religious and cultural diversity and importance of coexistence on the basis of mutual respect. He believed that diversity should be a source of cooperation rather than strife. The late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz – may God bless his soul – gained appreciation and respect of everyone. This is evident in the global reactions following his demise. During the reign of the great late King, the UAE-Saudi relations also developed in all areas. We, in the UAE, are confident that this relation will continue the same way under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. May God help and guide him toward the path of prosperity for the brotherly Saudi people and in the interest of Arabs and Muslims.