Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.

King Abdullah, who had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection was said to be aged about 90.

King Salman has called on the family’s Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.