Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Britain’s King Charles speak on telephone

epa05339723 A handout photograph released on 01 June 2016 by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman (C) flanked by Saudi Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (L) and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 31 May 2016. EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Britain’s King Charles spoke on the phone on Thursday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

King Salman expressed his sincere condolences to King Charles, the British royal family, and the British public on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Kingdom’s monarch also congratulated Charles on ascending the throne and wished him success in serving the interests of the British people.

King Salman said he looked forward to strengthening relations between Saudi Arabia and the UK.

King Charles expressed his thanks and deep gratitude to King Salman for his noble sentiments, stressing his keenness and interest in strengthening relations between their countries.

Queen Elizabeth II died at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland after 70 years on the throne last Thursday and funeral for the much-loved monarch will be held on Monday.

In London, thousands of mourners waited hours in line for the chance to spend a few minutes filing past the queen’s coffin while it lay in state at Britain’s Parliament on Thursday, as King Charles III spent the day in private.

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