Saudi trip means Governor-General to miss flag raising

THE Queen's representative, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, will miss the national flag raising on Monday morning, after he flew to Saudi Arabia to "convey condolences" to the Middle Eastern nation on the death of King Abdullah.

A statement from Sir Peter's office in Canberra said he would arrive in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning, missing the flag raising ceremony, but that a message from Governor-General would still be broadcast on national television to Australians on the public holiday.

Sir Peter will convey the condolence of the Australian Government to King Salman bin Adbulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi people, after the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud last week.

King Abdullah has been controversially remembered as a reformer of Saudi Arabia society, particularly on women's rights, despite the nation's continued limitations on women's rights, such as preventing the fairer sex from driving.


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