Leaders from around the world react to the death of Saudi King Abdullah. Julie Noce reports.
Reactions to the death of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah are pouring in from around Asia. During a foreign ministry briefing in Beijing, the spokesperson conveyed the government's condolences. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "King Abdullah was an outstanding leader in Saudi Arabia who has committed to promoting the country's development in Saudi Arabia and protecting the peace and stability in the region of the Middle East and the Gulf. He has enjoyed high prestige in Saudi Arabia and abroad. The Japanese Foreign Minister also offered condolences saying the King helped develop and strengthen a friendship between the two nations. And in the Philippines, a spokesperson for the President Benigno Aquino said the government is particularly grateful for the King's leniency towards foreign domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO, ABIGAIL VALTE, SAYING: "We extend our condolences to the royal family and to the people of Saudi Arabia. The king's receptiveness to the concerns of the Filipino government helped improve the welfare and prospects of our countrymen in Saudi Arabia." Abdullah's successor, King Salman, now takes over as the ultimate authority the country. A funeral for the King is scheduled for later Friday. King Abdullah was 90 years old.