King Abdullah calls family of killed Saudi diplomat

May 17, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz telephoned Misfer Al-Qahtani today to express his condolences and sympathy for the death of his son, Sgt. Maj. Hassan Al-Qahtani, who was a staff member of the Saudi Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. Earlier, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Omani, commander of the Special Security Forces, visited the family of Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani and conveyed the condolences of Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and those of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior. Maj. Gen. Al-Omani presented the family with a check for SR 100,000 ($26,667) as emergency assistance to the family.

Brig. Abdullah Al-Thumali, Director of Public Relations for the Special Security Forces, said a number of royal decrees have been issued pertaining to Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani’s family: Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani has been posthumously promoted to the next rank; his family will continue to receive his full salary and benefits; he will be awarded the King Abdul-Aziz Medal, Third Class, in addition the Medal of Honor. Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani’s family will receive a house worth up to SR 500,000 ($133,334) in a location of their choosing; his parents will each receive a monthly stipend of SR 3,000 ($800); and the government will payoff any of Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani's debts, if any, up to SR 500,000 ($133,334).

The body of Sgt. Maj. Hassan Al-Qahtani was received at King Khalid International Airport on May 16 by Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs; Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Ambassador Alaa El-Din Al-Askari, Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs. Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani’s body arrived in Riyadh on a private plane accompanied by the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdulaziz Al-Ghadeer.

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