Shah of Iran Greets King Faisal of Saudi Arabia at Mehrabad Airport prior to talks on the future of the Persian Gulf. (circa 1971).
Video: Mike Wallace Interviews Shah who Protests about the use of the Term “Gulf “and “Arabian Gulf”. and criticizes the Jewish Lobby in the US as disserving the interests of Israel. (1974)
Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1324-1395 AH) (1903 or 1906—March 25, 1975) (Arabic: فيصل بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود) was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. As king he is credited with rescuing the country’s finances and implementing a policy of modernization and reform, while his main foreign policy themes were pan-Islamism, anti-Communism, and anti-Zionism.
On March 25, 1975, Faisal was shot point blank and killed by his half-brother’s son, Faisal bin Musa’id, who had just come back from the United States. The murder occurred at a majlis, (Arabic for “a place for sitting”) an event where the king or leader opens up his residence to the citizens to enter and petition the king. The stated reason was revenge for Faisal bin Musa’id’s brother Khaled, who had been killed by Saudi Defense Force members while taking part in a demonstration in 1965.
Prince Faisal Bin Musa’id was captured directly after the attack and declared officially insane. He was later found guilty of regicide and in June 1975 he was beheaded in the public square in Riyadh.[
Faisal was buried in Riyadh, and was succeeded by his half-brother, Khalid.