By a Staff Writer
Published — Saturday 27 July 2002
Last Update 27 July 2002 3:00 am
RIYADH, 27 July — Riyadh Governor Prince Salman yesterday thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd, Prince Abdullah, the regent, Prince Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, and other members of the royal family for sending their condolences on the death of his son Prince Ahmad, chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group.
Prince Ahmad died at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh on Monday following a two-month illness.
In a statement, the governor also thanked world leaders as well as officials and friends within the Kingdom and abroad for sending their condolences on the sudden demise of his son.
Prince Salman said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of sorrow and grief from Saudi citizens during the three days of mourning. "It was a true expression of deep pain and sorrow as they felt it was a tragedy for them too," the governor said and commended the Saudi people’s solidarity.
Prince Salman also praised the expatriates who expressed their condolences on the prince’s death. "It reflected their solidarity and friendship toward this country," he added.
In Geneva, King Fahd yesterday received Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa, the king of Bahrain, who expressed his condolences on the death of Prince Ahmad, and Prince Sultan ibn Faisal ibn Turki, who died on Tuesday in a road accident while on his way to attend Prince Ahmad’s funeral in Riyadh.
King Fahd also received messages of condolences from UAE President Sheikh Zayed ibn Sultan Al-Nahayan and Vice President Sheikh Maktoum ibn Rashid Al-Maktoum on Prince Ahmad’s death.
Meanwhile, Prince Abdul Rahman, deputy minister of defense and aviation, and Prince Salman left here yesterday for Geneva. They were seen off at the airport by a large number of princes and high-ranking officials.