The Passing of a Giant in the World of Diplomacy: Prince Saud Laid to Rest

Published: July 12, 2015

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Editor’s Note:

Prince Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was buried in Mecca yesterday amid an outpouring of condolences from world leaders. The 75 year-old Prince Saud was a titan of the global diplomatic corps having served Saudi Arabia as foreign minister for 40 years. Today SUSRIS has assembled a number of reports that mark the passing of Prince Saud to place his accomplishments in perspective and chronicle this milestone in the history of Saudi Arabia.

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Official Biography of Prince Saud Al-Faisal

Jeddah, Ramadan 24, 1436, Jul 11, 2015, SPA — Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born in Taif in 1358H corresponding to 1940 where he received his elementary, intermediate and secondary education in Taif.

Prince Saud obtained a bachelor degree at economy from Princeton University in New Jersey in 1964. He has six sons.

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Prince Saud Al-Faisal joined the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources as economic consultant at the ministry and a member of the Supreme Coordination Committee at the ministry. Then, he moved to General Organization for Petroleum and Minerals (Petromin).

Prince Saud was appointed as Deputy Governor of the General Organization for Petroleum and Mineral Resources (Petromin) for planning affairs in 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he was named as Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

During the era of late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Saud joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked with Omar Al-Sagaf, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. From 17/3/1395H until 8/10/1395H, Prince Saud was appointed as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal was named as the Minister of Foreign Affairs based on royal order no. A/236 dated on 8/10/1395 corresponding to 13/10/1975.

On 10/7/1436H, Prince Saud Al-Faisal was appointed as minister of state, member of the cabinet, advisor to and envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and supervisor of the foreign affairs until his death on 22/9/1436H corresponding to 9/7/2015.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal (File Photo)

Prince Saud was authorized to carry out many tasks, including Vice President of Higher Media Council, member of the Supreme Petroleum Council and member of the Managing Directors of the National Commission for Wildlife Council. Besides his work as the Foreign Minister, Prince Saud was a member of many Arab committees.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal also led the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation at many meetings, events and summits at Arab, Islamic and international arenas on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

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Prince Saud Al-Faisal laid to rest

RIYADH: As Prince Saud Al-Faisal was laid to rest in Makkah on Saturday, the profound diplomatic impact of his actions on Saudi foreign policy was recalled.

Secretary-General of King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) Faisal Al-Muammar said Prince Saud’s far-sighted vision characterized Saudi Arabia’s diplomacy under extremely complex circumstances.

Al-Muammar expressed this view while conveying his condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Saudi people on the death of Prince Saud in Los Angeles on Thursday.

He said such policy has maintained Saudi Arabia’s values and principles which established its position in the world by promoting cooperation, fraternal values, effective coexistence and peace building.

It fights against terrorism and extremism. Saudi Arabia has been associated with a global presence closely rooted in his ideas, his personality and professionalism.

Saudi Arabia and the Arab and Islamic worlds have lost a great political figure, he said.

Al-Muammar said: “It was due to his wisdom that his strategic vision of events and variables at different stages of his leadership of Saudi foreign policy that had significant impact on the success of many initiatives led by the Kingdom in his 40 years of service.
“His record has been full of national achievements in global politics and gave the Kingdom a privileged position in the field of international relationships built on respect and appreciation.”

Source: Arab News

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Teary farewell to Prince Saud

MAKKAH: The funeral prayer for former Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal was held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, on Saturday night.

Representatives from a number of countries and high-ranking royals attended the prayer, held after Isha.

King Salman received Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Bahraini Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa, who offered their condolences on the death of Prince Saud to the king, in Makkah.

The king received a telephone call from Egyptian President Abdul Fattah El-Sissi, who expressed sorrow over the demise of Prince Saud.

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Chaooh Ihsanoglu, Algerian Parliament Speaker Abdul Qader bin Saleh, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, representative of the Ruler in the Western Region of the UAE, arrived in Jeddah on Saturday to condole with the king over the death of the veteran diplomat.

Meanwhile, Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman offered his condolences to King Salman on Prince Saud’s death.

Prince Faisal sent a letter to King Salman on behalf of the people of Madinah, saying that Prince Saud had spent his life to serve the nation for 40 years.

Prince Saud, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday, was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister and oversaw four decades of diplomacy for the Kingdom.

In a separate development, King Salman opened the third phase of the Grand Mosque expansion in Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported.

Source: Arab News

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A diplomat par excellence

RIYADH: Foreign diplomats and senior government officials described the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal, former foreign minister, as a person who was well liked and respected by the world community for his diplomacy, statesmanship and outspoken approach to all local and international affairs.

In a condolence message, US Ambassador Joseph Westphal said: “It pains me deeply to learn of the loss of Prince Saud Al-Faisal and I would like to express my heart-felt condolences on behalf of the US Embassy and the people of the US to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the family of late Prince Saud Al-Faisal and the people of Saudi Arabia.”

He said Prince Saud embodied strength and wisdom and his many years as foreign minister were conducted as a visionary for his people and an ally to the American people. “I deeply mourn his passing but I will forever respect his steadfast service to the government and people of Saudi Arabia,” the envoy underlined.

Pakistan Ambassador Manzur Ul Haq said Prince Saud was a great leader who was well respected for his principles and policies. He had a long history of service that has contributed a great deal toward peace and prosperity in the region as well as other parts of the world. “He was a very friendly diplomat who was liked by everyone,” Haq said.

Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohammed said Prince Saud’s demise is a big loss to the Islamic world. He was a champion not only of the Islamic cause but was also interested in maintaining security and peace in the region as well other parts of the world. “He was a great friend of Sri Lanka and he visited the island and recommended the setting up of a Saudi mission in Colombo in 1982,” the envoy said.

South African Ambassador Mohamed Sadik Jaafer described Prince Saud as a giant in international politics. “ He was well respected for his unique statesmanship and friendly, democratic and positive approach to all international issues,” he said.

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago said that it is a great loss to the Arab and Islamic world. “The world has witnessed his outstanding services as foreign minister for four decades, which would speak for the high caliber of diplomacy in his career,” the envoy said.

Golam Moshi, Bangladesh ambassador, said that his demise is an irreparable loss to the entire Islamic world including his country. He had been a close friend and well-wisher of Bangladesh, he noted, pointing out that his services as foreign minister will be written in golden letters in the annals of world history.

Expressing his deepest condolences, Pekka Voutilainen, Finland’s ambassador in Riyadh, described the death of Prince Saud as a big loss. “He left a great legacy for the Kingdom in foreign relations,” underlined the envoy. “It is very sad to learn of the passing of Prince Saud. We extend our deep condolences to the royal family and the people of Saudi Arabia.”

Mourning the death, Laurens Westhoff, ambassador of the Netherlands said: “An icon of the Arab world has passed away.”

“He was indeed a great visionary. On his sad demise, the Netherlands government and people pay their respects to the Saudi people and wish them strength to bear this irreparable loss.”

Mourning the sad demise, Hemant Kotalwar, charge d’affaires at the Indian Embassy here, said: “Prince Saud was a visionary leader, and very ably led foreign relations for four decades, which is recorded in history with golden words. He was a far-sighted leader, who left an indelible imprint on international scene.”

Charge d’ Affaires at the Indonesian Embassy Sunarko said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the sad demise of Prince Saud, who was a great visionary leader and very ably served the Kingdom.

“At this difficult time I share the grief, and on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Indonesia, I extend my deepest condolence to the royal family and Saudi people.”

Source: Arab News

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The architect of Saudi diplomacy

Rasheed Abou-Alsamh

In this increasingly chaotic part of the world, with Daesh expanding in Syria and Iraq, a civil war that has ravaged Syria for more than four years now, and a relatively new one in Yemen, the Middle East is passing through some of its most turbulent times.

The death of former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Thursday at the age of 75 in Los Angeles has hit all of us hard both because we will sorely miss the superb diplomat that he was, always pushing discreetly for Saudi Arabia’s strategic interests, but also because it marks the end of an era and the continuation of uncertain times that all Arab states face following the upheavals of the Arab Spring revolutions.

“After almost 40 years in service, Prince Saud Al-Faisal will be remembered as the key architect of Saudi diplomacy whose relentless efforts have ensured the protection of Saudi interests,” said Christian Koch, director of the Gulf Research Center to Al-Jazeera.

As foreign minister, Prince Saud was involved in helping resolve many regional conflicts in the Middle East, from the civil war in Lebanon to the Iran-Iraq War in 1988 when he flew to the United Nations in New York and phoned Saddam Hussein, convincing him to call an end to the eight-year war that killed hundreds of thousands on both sides. But he also faced many failures which were very frustrating, none more so that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He admitted publicly that this was his greatest disappointment. “All the neighborhood, if you will, will be at peace with Israel, will recognize their right to exist. If this doesn’t provide security of Israel, I assure you the muzzle of a gun is not going to provide that security,” Prince Saud said in 2002.

Prince Saud’s other big worry was the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington by Al-Qaeda terrorists, 15 of whom were Saudis. He warned that it would produce many more problems than it would solve, and he was sadly right. Saddam Hussein, a bloody tyrant that had kept his country together for two decades, was overthrown and later executed, and the Shiites, once subjugated, were now in power. But they sought revenge against the Sunnis, and the neighboring Iranians poured in to help their Shiite brothers. With this messy situation, we saw the rise of militias and the ripping apart of Iraq, something the Americans were never able to handle. From all of this chaos has risen the terrorist group Daesh that so torments us in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and here at home in the Kingdom with their bloody attacks that kill innocent Muslims.

“If change of regime comes with the destruction of Iraq, then you are solving one problem and creating five more problems,” Prince Saud told a British television program. How right he was.

But Prince Saud should also be remembered for creating a modern Saudi diplomatic service that is something to be proud of today. We have come a long way from our first diplomatic representative at the United Nations. Today we have career diplomats, both men and women, who rise through the ranks by working at our diplomatic missions around the world helping Saudi citizens abroad and promoting and defending the interests of our nation.

One of the ways that the Kingdom has been able to do so has been through helping local Muslim communities around the world. Saudi embassies have been helping build mosques and bring in imams to run the mosques since the 1970s, working with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Muslim World League. Here in Brazil, the Saudi Embassy has been responsible for helping build many mosques in several Brazilian cities, and for hiring imams. Prince Saud supported all of these efforts, which are a lynchpin of the Kingdom’s responsibilities as the home of Islam’s two holiest cities: Makkah and Madinah.

Prince Saud dedicated his life to public service and will always be remembered for that by Saudis and other Arabs. The younger generation of Arabs would do well to try and emulate some of his determination and calmness in getting things done. That is the least they can do to try and keep his legacy alive.

— The writer is a Saudi journalist based in Brazil.

Source: Arab News

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Prince Khaled to receive condolences in Jeddah for three days from today

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Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, wait to receive the body of Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the Jeddah airport on Saturday. — SPA photo

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, will receive condolences on the death of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal at his residence in Jeddah at 10.00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Prince Saud, minister of state, Cabinet member, adviser and special envoy of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and supervisor of foreign affairs, died on Thursday in the United States.

Earlier Saturday, the body of Prince Saud arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in for the world’s longest-serving foreign minister who oversaw four decades of diplomacy for the Kingdom.

“Generations of American leaders and diplomats benefited from Prince Saud’s thoughtful perspective, charisma, poise, and diplomatic skill,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

“He was committed to the importance of the US-Saudi relationship and the pursuit of stability and security in the Middle East and beyond, and his legacy will be remembered around the world.”

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, called Saud “a man of vast experience, personal warmth, great dignity”. British Prime Minister David Cameron said he and others had benefited from Saud’s “great wisdom in international affairs over his long years of service”.

As Saudi Arabia’s chief diplomat, Prince Saud not only oversaw deepening US-Saudi anti-terrorism cooperation following the 9/11 attacks, but he was also a staunch defender of peaceful coexistence between Islam and the West.

He also called for greater political reforms within the Arab world.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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King attends funeral prayer for Prince Saud

MAKKAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman attended funeral prayer for Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after Isha prayers on Saturday.

Those who attended the funeral prayers also included Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz; Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior; Makkah Emir and Adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Khaled Al-Faisal; Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense; regional emirs, several princes, ministers, and senior officials.

Foreign dignitaries who offered the prayers included Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Bahraini Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Chaooh Ihsanoglu, and foreign ministers of some other Islamic countries. Several scholars, diplomats, and citizens also attended the prayers.

After the prayer, the King as well as brothers of Prince Saud received condolences from the attendees.

The body was later buried at Al-Adl cemetery in the holy city.

Earlier in the evening, the body of Prince Saud was brought to the Kingdom from the United States on board a special aircraft. Those who arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport to receive the body included Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Prince Abdullah Bin Turki, Prince Muhammad Al-Faisal, Prince Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, Prince Khaled Bin Fahd Bin Khaled, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Jeddah Governor Prince Mishal Bin Majed, and a number of princes, ministers and senior officials. The sons of Prince Saud — Princes Muhammad, Khaled and Fahd — accompanied the body from the United States.

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The body of Prince Saud Al-Faisal is being buried at Al-Adl Cemetery in Makkah on Saturday night. — SPA

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Funeral Prayer on Soul of Prince Saud Al-Faisal

Makkah, Ramadan 24, 1436, Jul 11, 2015, SPA — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud performed at Grand Mosque in Makkah today a funeral prayer on soul of late Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, Advisor to and Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of the Foreign Affairs.

The funeral prayer was also performed by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait; Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Jordanian Deputy Prime Ministers and foreign ministers of a number of states.

The funeral prayer was also performed by Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdurrahman; Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah; Prince Abdul-Illah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Prince Bandar bin Fahd bin Khalid; Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Khalid; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Abdurrahman Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal; Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Hail Region; Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Asir Region; Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Mishaal bin Majed, Governor of Jeddah Province; Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Qassim Region, and a number of princes and ministers.

Following the funeral prayer, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received condolences from the condolers.

The brothers and sons of the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal also received condolences from the condolers.

Then, the body of late Prince Saud Al-Faisal was buried at Al-Adel Cemetery in Makkah.

The brothers and sons of the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal, a number of princes, ministers, a number of ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, senior civil and military officials and a group of citizens participated in the burial ceremony.

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