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Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Passes Away, World Leaders Condole With King Salman | Asharq al-Awsat - Dec. 22, 2018 |

Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the half-brother of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, passed away on Saturday at the age of 87.

Funeral prayers will be performed in Riyadh on Sunday following the afternoon prayers, at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque, according to a statement announced by the Royal Court.

"Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday," his son Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wrote on Twitter.

The family will receive condolences on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at home in Riyadh, he added.

King Salman received a number of cables of condolences from several world leaders, including: UAE's President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the representative of the President Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Not likely that US president Trump will come by to offer his condolences ...

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Reformist Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz dies at 87 | Middle East Eye |

The 'Red Prince'

Defiantly liberal and dubbed the "Red Prince," Talal was known as a tireless advocate of reform, sometimes in defiance of the royal family, AFP said.

Prince Talal lived in exile abroad in the 1960s, Reuters said, when Saudi authorities revoked his passport after he led a group of princes demanding constitutional reforms and allied himself with then Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, an arch-foe of the Saudi monarchy.

Prince Talal returned to the kingdom after Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud become king in 1964, and after toning down his rhetoric.

He was a long-standing advocate of allowing Saudi women to drive, a right that was finally granted to female citizens this year.

Born in 1931, the prince headed the Arab Gulf Fund for Development, a UN body that promotes education and health in developing countries.

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