Minister Baird Expresses Condolences on Death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

(No. 315 - October 22, 2011) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy  Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to the Royal Family and to the people of Saudi Arabia.

"The Kingdom has lost a man of great achievement who dedicated his life to the well-being of its people.

"Notably, he led the Saudi forces that helped defeat Saddam Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War.

"Canada stands with those who mourn his passing."

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