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New Saudi King Salman promises to continue policies of predecessors in televised speech

  • FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)

    FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of King Abdullah, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country's interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman's actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

    In this image released by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of King Abdullah, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country's interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman's actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud walks to his seat to join other world leaders to watch a cultural performance of indigenous dancers at the G20 in Brisbane, Australia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud walks to his seat to join other world leaders to watch a cultural performance of indigenous dancers at the G20 in Brisbane, Australia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia's new king has promised to continue to the policies of his predecessors.

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud made the comments in a televised speech Friday.

King Salman said: "We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment."

King Abdullah died Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. King Salman immediately took power in the oil-rich Sunni kingdom.