audi Arabia’s Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
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ABU DHABI – Saudi Arabia’s Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died at the age of 87, according to the royal court on Saturday.
Prince Talal had been ill for several years. He was hospitalised in Riyadh.
“Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday,” his son, Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, wrote on Twitter.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, funeral prayers would be held at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque on Sunday.
News of the “Red Prince’s” death saddened UAE leaders, who sent their condolences.
UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar cables to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Prince Talal was a supporter of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
In the 1960s, he lived in exile abroad after he allied himself with then Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. He returned to the kingdom in 1964.
In 2011 he resigned from the Allegiance Council, the body responsible for overseeing the royal succession in Saudi Arabia. GAD/WAM/Expat Media
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