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Saudi Adviser to Kings Dies

October 30, 1999

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Kamal Adham, an adviser to the late Saudi kings Faisal and Khaled, has died of a heart attack. He was 71.

Adham died Friday in Egypt and will be brought to Saudi Arabia for burial, a royal court statement said.

Adham, a brother-in-law of Faisal, was in charge of Saudi intelligence for several years during the early 1970s.

The staunchly anti-communist King Faisal dispatched Adham to Egypt in 1970 to convince then-President Anwar Sadat to lessen his dependence on the Soviets. Adham’s secret mediation is believed to have led Sadat to expel 16,000 Soviet military advisers from Egypt in 1972.

From 1975 to 1982, Adham served as adviser to King Khaled. He then went on to become a prominent businessman.

Adham is the maternal uncle of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal.

He is survived by three sons _ Mishaal, Sultan and Faisal _ and a daughter, whose name was not given.

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