Kerry pays tribute to Saudi's Prince Saud al-Faisal

Kerry pays tribute to Saudi's Prince Saud al-Faisal

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

... I personally admired him greatly, valued his friendship, and appreciated his wise counsel. His legacy as a statesman and diplomat will not be forgotten...
Washington (ANTARA News) - US Secretary of State John Kerry paid heartfelt tribute to Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal, saying he had left a legacy that would live on despite his death Thursday.

Prince Saud was one of the highest profile members of Saudi Arabia's ruling elite and formerly the world's longest-serving foreign minister, overseeing four decades of turbulent diplomacy for the oil-rich kingdom.

"He was a man of vast experience, personal warmth, great dignity and keen insights who served his country loyally and well," Kerry said in a statement.

"The longevity of his term in office --he served with 13 US secretaries of state-- is a sign of the universal respect with which he was viewed.

"I personally admired him greatly, valued his friendship, and appreciated his wise counsel. His legacy as a statesman and diplomat will not be forgotten," Kerry said. A statement from the Royal Court said Prince Saud, who was born in 1940, died in the United States.

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