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Comments from world leaders in response to the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died early Friday in Riyadh.[Ban Ki-moon] "Extends his condolences to the bereaved family of King Abdullah, the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah made major contributions to the development of the kingdom. Under his leadership over many decades in different high-level positions in government, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia achieved remarkable progress and prosperity for its people. The secretary-general pays tribute to King Abdullah's efforts to address regional and international challenges at a time of turmoil and rapid change, and to promote dialogue among the world's faiths. As the driving force behind the Arab Peace Initiative, King Abdullah left a tangible legacy that can still point the way toward peace in the Middle East.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonPakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his "grief and sorrow" over the king's death and said Saudi Arabia holds a special place "in the heart of every Pakistani" because it is the custodian of the holy mosques, referring to the mosques in Mecca and Medina.
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