Elder-half brother of King Salman,Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al Saud died at age 96, reports Saudi Arabia Media Agency (SPA) late last night.
Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the 10th founder of the country’s monarchy and was not active in politics.
Late Prince’s sons hold important posts: Prince Faisal bin Bandar is governor of Riyadh; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar heads the National Guard; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is deputy governor of Mecca and Prince Khalid serves as an adviser to King Salman.
President UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a cable of condolences to King Salman on the death of Prince.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar messages of condolences to King Salman.