On the Passing of Prince Saud Al Faisal

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 9, 2015

Teresa and I join with my colleagues, past and present, across the United States government in expressing our deep sadness at the passing of Prince Saud Al Faisal, who served as Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia for more than forty years. We join his many friends and admirers around the world in expressing our condolences to the Prince’s family and friends, to King Salman and to the people of the Kingdom.

On numerous occasions as a U.S. Senator and as Secretary of State, I had the opportunity to meet with Prince Saud in Riyadh and Washington and many points in between. He was a man of vast experience, personal warmth, great dignity, and keen insights who served his country loyally and well. The longevity of his term in office – he served with thirteen U.S. 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.