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President Karzai Is Deeply Saddened By the Death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia
Released by Office of the Spokesman to the President

08/01/2005

Arg, Presidential Compound, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is saddened by the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

The President was notified of this news during the Cabinet meeting this morning and together with the Cabinet members prayed for his soul. The President praised his strong personality and admired his invaluable services to the Muslim world. The President said “King Fahd is the only king who has been able to earn the title of the servant of the two holy sites in Saudi Arabia.”

“The people of Afghanistan will continue to remember his lasting friendship with the people of Afghanistan as well as his unstinting support during the years of Jehad (holy war) against the Soviets,” the President added.

The President ordered that Afghanistan’s flag be flown at half-mast across the country and around the world where Afghanistan is represented, and called upon the people of Afghanistan to pray for his soul.

The President, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, expressed his heart-felt condolences to King Fahd’s family, the people of Saudi Arabia and to Muslims around the world.

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