Obama leads world leaders in congratulating Naif’s appointment

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN I ARAB NEWS

RIYADH: US President Barack Obama congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Friday on the selection of Prince Naif as crown prince, noting the prince’s counterterrorism record.

“I congratulate King Abdullah and the Saudi people on the selection of Prince Naif as crown prince. We in the United States know and respect him for his strong commitment to combating terrorism and supporting regional peace and security,” Obama said in a statement.

“The United States looks forward to continuing our close partnership with Crown Prince Naif in his new capacity as we strengthen the deep and longstanding friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia,” Obama said.

King Abdullah issued a decree late Thursday night naming Prince Naif, 78, as crown prince and asking him to immediately assume the title and privileges of his post, said a royal court statement.

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