1999 News Story

Saudi leadership condole death of Morocco's King Hassan

From his vacation residence in Marbella in Spain yesterday, Custodian of the Two Holy

Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz called King Muhammad Bin Hassan of Morocco to express

condolences on the death of his father, King Hassan, and to pray God to assist the new King

in leading his country and continuing the progress of the development begun by the late

From Taif, in Makkah Province, Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister

and Commander of the National Guard, made a similar telephone call.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense

and Aviation and Inspector-General, who arrived in Rabat, Morocco yesterday, met today with

King Muhammad Bin Hassan and conveyed to him personally the condolences of King Fahd, Crown

Prince Abdullah, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia on the death of King Hassan.

With Prince Sultan in the Saudi delegation attending today’s funeral services and prayers

were Riyadh Governor Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal,

Prince Faisal Bin Saud Bin Muhammad Al-Saud, Prince Faisal Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, and

Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Angary. On his arrival yesterday, Prince Sultan

confirmed the continuous support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Kingdom of Morocco,

within the Arab and Islamic fraternal relationship that binds the two countries.
King Hassan II was hospitalized early Friday with an acute lung infection, and died that

afternoon of a heart attack at the age of 70, after a reign of 38 years, the longest in the

Arab world. He is succeeded by his eldest son, 36, who is now King Muhammad VI. Yesterday,

Morocco began a 40-day period of mourning, and it was announced that funeral services would

be delayed until today to allow delegations from overseas to attend.