In a statement Friday, Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller MORE said that the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has left them "saddened." 

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The Clintons spoke of Abdullah's work in moving forward with some progress for women, including King Abdullah University, where women study alongside men.

"I had many dealings with His Majesty during and after my presidency, as did Hillary both inside and outside the State Department," the statement read.

"And we are grateful for his support of efforts for peace in the Middle East; our close economic cooperation; the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts around the world; especially its contributions after the earthquake in Haiti; and his efforts to modernize Saudi Arabia’s economy and education systems – as embodied by King Abdullah University, the Kingdom’s first coeducational institution of higher education," it said.

Statements from American officials, including President Obama, on Abdullah's death, have been positive, though critics say there has not been enough change in Saudi Arabia. 

Saudia Arabia continues to be a society largely segregated by gender, and Abdullah also built a new all-female university in Riyadh. 

Abdullah remained an ally of the United States who had close relationships with American leaders. 

"Hillary and I are also grateful for his personal friendship and kindness toward our family and we join the Saudi people in mourning his loss and send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family," the Clinton statement said.