HH Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki

HH Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki

HH Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki
Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Editor’s Note:

Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki was sworn in by King Salman in Riyadh this week (Oct 20) as Ambassador-designate to the United States. As SUSRIS reported in early September he will fill the post made vacant in April by the appointment of Adel al-Jubeir as Saudi Foreign Minister.

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Today we provide media reports of the announcement and the SUSRIS report that Prince Abdullah would be the next Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

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Next Saudi Ambassador to the United States

September 4, 2015

Patrick W. Ryan | SUSRIS

Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki is set to become next Ambassador to the United States. 

The post of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States has been open since April 29th when King Salman chose the incumbent, Adel Al Jubeir, to replace long-serving Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal following his retirement. Jubeir was named Ambassador to the United States by King Abdullah in early 2007 as successor to Prince Turki Al Faisal.

prince-abdullah-sagia4The vacancy for top Saudi diplomat in Washington is about to be filled by Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, SUSRIS has learned from informed sources. Prince Abdullah has been rumored to be the choice for the important post for several months and speculation among observers has been that King Salman’s current White House summit trip might be the window for an announcement.

Prince Abdullah was prominently named in a Saudi Press Agency report about the King’s arrival in Washington as the principal among other princes and senior officials who greeted the ruler at a U.S. airbase last night. The impending announcement of Prince Abdullah as Ambassador to the United States was also a topic of conversation at today’s high-level investment forum in Washington that featured numerous Saudi ministers, advisors and officials.

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Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, as SAGIA Governor meeting with an American delegation in Riyadh. (Photo: SUSRIS)

Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, born in 1951, is an engineer by training who has served in the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, the Saudi industrial cities in the east and west, including roles as secretary general and commission chairman. 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. He served more recently as chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi-Italian Development Company.

Prince Abdullah talked with interviewer Richard Curtiss for a 1991 article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and touched on his perspective on Saudi Arabia’s image in the West:

It is the contrast between perceptions of Saudi Arabia among Americans who work in the Kingdom and those he met in the United States that got the prince involved in helping journalists visiting his homeland.

“There’s never been a country where the perception is so different from the reality, ” he explains. “Perhaps we aren’t doing enough to tell people about ourselves.”

It is his personal determination to introduce journalists to the realities of his country that time again ends up with him speaking into television cameras. He confesses he’s done many more such interviews than he can count since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

“I’ve always had a complex about the image of the Arabs and Saudi Arabia, ” Prince Abdullah explains. “Particularly because the image of the Arabs has been bad. I feel we lost a lot of political ground because of perceptions people have.

He will be perfectly positioned to address the image mismatch in his new role as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in the United States.

 

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