One of the many sons of H.R.H. King Abdul-Aziz, founder and developer of what is now modern Saudi Arabia, H.R.H. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud was known for his achievements in the domains of international development and conflict resolution. Considered a patient and persevering leader, H.R.H. King Abdullah will be dearly missed by the international community. His role in promoting diplomacy to solve worldwide conflicts has been praised by many.

Last November, he was listed in CNN’s Middle East influencer 2014, which presented the most influential personalities in the Middle East: he had created a modern, more open Saudi Arabia, a country of world influence, one that is worthy to be thought off as a regional and world influencer.

The loss of King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud marks the end of an era, where Saudi Arabia has become an economic power, a non-negligible promoter of higher education as a fundamental human right, as well as a crucial actor in the promotion of intercultural and interfaith dialogue. He was the first Saudi monarch to visit the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a step which represented a proactive and progressive move towards the recognition of the need for dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

The Geneva Centre presents its most sincere condolences on the passing away of this great Arab leader, and wishes H.R.H. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz all success in his reign.

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