WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will lead a delegation on a trip to Saudi Arabia in the coming days to pay respects in the aftermath of King Abdullah's death, Biden said in a statement.
"King Abdullah’s death is a great loss for his country ... I always appreciated his frankness, his sense of history, his pride in his efforts to move his country forward, and his steadfast belief in the U.S.-Saudi relationship," Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
"In the coming days, I will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects and offer condolences to King Abdullah’s family and nation," he said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Nick Macfie)