"With his passing away, the world has lost a great and visionary statesman who led his country towards remarkable development and prosperity," Swaraj said in a condolence book at the embassy of Saudi Arabia here.

Describing the late king as a "friend and well-wisher" of India, the minister said, "He guided India-Saudi bilateral engagement to newer heights. He will be remembered for his genuine warmth and affection for India and its people.""We are deeply saddened by the news of the demise of His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.""On behalf of the government and people of India, I offer sincere and heartfelt condolences," Swaraj added.

King Abdullah, 90, died Jan 23, weeks after being admitted to a hospital. He was suffering from lung infection and ruled the Saudi kingdom since 2005.

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