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State councilor attends tribute to late Saudi King

Updated: Jan 25,2015 2:43 PM

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) spoke with the governor of Riyadh and son of the late King Abdullah in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, Jan 24.[Photo/Xinhua]

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, representing President Xi Jinping, attended an official memorial for the late King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia and spoke with new King Salman on Jan 24.

Yang expressed condolences on behalf of the Chinese government, leaders and people.

Abdullah passed away in Riyadh on the morning of Jan 23. His half-brother Salman is the new ruler while Prince Muqrin has been declared the new Crown Prince.