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World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to pay respects, give condolences for late King Abdullah

  • FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said U.S. security officials informed him of the cancellation Saturday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said U.S. security officials informed him of the cancellation Saturday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, center, arrives at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque to attend the funeral of King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, center, arrives at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque to attend the funeral of King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, center, relatives of late King Abdullah, who died early Friday, and other mourners during his funeral at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA)

    In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, center, relatives of late King Abdullah, who died early Friday, and other mourners during his funeral at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA)  (The Associated Press)

World leaders and top dignitaries are heading to Saudi Arabia to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah.

The king, who presided over Saudi Arabia for around two decades, died early Friday and was buried that same afternoon in the capital Riyadh. In line with Islamic tradition, there was no memorial service and instead leaders from around the world will begin visits to Saudi Arabia starting Saturday to pay their respects.

The newly enthroned King Salman is expected to receive U.S. President Barack Obama, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, Spain's King Felipe, Jordan's King Abdullah, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Despite deep tensions and rivalries, Iran's IRNA news agency says Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is also heading to the kingdom.