Ambassadors advised to boost Kingdom’s image
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, on Thursday advised the Kingdom’s ambassadors-designate to several countries to enhance Saudi Arabia’s image and work to develop relations with the countries they will be serving in.
The crown prince was addressing ambassadors-designate to several countries including Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki Bin Abdullah (United States); Prince Khaled Bin Faisal Bin Turki Bin Abdullah (Jordan); Dr. Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Anqari (France); and Dr. Sami Bin Abdullah Al-Saleh (Algeria). The crown prince congratulated them on their appointment and stressed that they should work hard to provide all services to the citizens abroad. The audience was attended by a number of officials.
Earlier last month, the ambassadors-designate took the oath of office before Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
The King prayed to Allah to grant them success in carrying out their duties.
The post of ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States had been vacant since April 29 when King Salman appointed Adel Al-Jubeir as foreign minister. Jubeir was named ambassador to the US by King Abdullah in early 2007 as successor to Prince Turki Al-Faisal.
Prince Abdullah, born in 1951, is an engineer by training. He began his career at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu immediately after its establishment in 1975. He served as acting secretary general of the Royal Commission from 1985 to 1987. Then, he was appointed secretary general of the Royal Commission in 1987. Next, he was appointed chairman of the body in 1991 and he served as chief executive officer of the commission and chairman of its board of directors.
In 2000, he was appointed to head the newly-established Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), charged with boosting investment in the Kingdom. He served as SAGIA governor with rank of minister through 2004. When Prince Abdullah was the governor of SAGIA, he strongly supported both liberal policies and privatization in Saudi Arabia’s economy.
Nearly 2,000 foreign business licenses were issued during his tenure. The worth of these licenses was estimated to be $15 billion.