Saudi Crown Prince Nayef laid to rest in Makkah

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Saudi Crown Prince Nayef laid to rest in Makkah

General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Sunday joined the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, in the funeral prayer held here for Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz who passed away in Geneva on Saturday.

By Agencies

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Published: Mon 18 Jun 2012, 9:16 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

Saudi princes, heads of states, representatives of Arab and Islamic countries and a large congregation performed the funeral prayer and prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy on the soul of the late prince. Prince Nayef was then buried in Al Adl cemetery on the holy city of Makkah.

Gen. Shaikh Mohammed was accompanied by Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Lt General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouie, Undersecretary at the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Later, General Shaikh Mohammed offered condolences of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to King Abdullah and to the brothers and sons of Prince Nayef.

Saudi royals and officials earlier received Prince Nayef’s body which arrived in Jeddah on board a Saudi aircraft from Geneva amid worldwide condolences and reports that Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was poised to become the new heir apparent. “Crown Prince Nayef devoted his life to promoting the security of Saudi Arabia,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, while US President Barack Obama praised his cooperation in the fight against terror that “saved countless American and Saudi lives”.

French President Francois Hollande said his country had lost a “friend” and the president of the Swiss Confederation, where Nayef died, offered Bern’s “deepest condolences”.

Prince Nayef, who spearheaded a clampdown on Al Qaeda following a wave of attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, became heir last October. “He was one of the pillars of stability in the kingdom,” wrote Al Jazirah daily. “He managed to overcome crises and navigate this country to the shores of safety.”

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