HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal is a widely recognized face in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world. He has one of the most responsible of positions in the Government of Saudi Arabia. It is an honor for American Bedu to profile HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
Prince Saud is the world’s longest serving Foreign Minister. He became Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister in 1975 after holding previous positions within the Saudi Government. Prince Saud was educated in the United States at Princeton University where he graduated in 1964 with a BA in Economics. He speaks seven languages.
Born in Taif in 1940, he is the third son of the late King Faisal. After graduating from Princeton he became an economic consultant to the Ministry of Petroleum. He was transferred to the General Organization for Petroleum and Mineral Resources (Petromin) in 1966. In February 1970 he was appointed Deputy Governor of Petromin for Planning Affairs. He was later appointed the Deputy Ministry of the Ministry of Petroleum in 1971. He began his career as Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister in 1975. Prince Saud is highly regarded among the world’s diplomats and leaders.
As Foreign Minister, Prince Saud has actively pursued peace and promoted dialogue in the region and around the world. He has led Saudi delegations in Middle East peace talks, and participated in pan-Arab efforts to end the civil war in Lebanon. He has supported enhanced North-South cooperation and a focus on economic and social development. Prince Saud has also participated in the US-Saudi Strategic Dialogue to institutionalize cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Prince Saud is closely involved in philanthropy. He is a founding member of the King Faisal Foundation and chairman of the board of directors for the King Faisal School. He is also a member of the Society for Disabled Children and the Madinah Society for Welfare and Social Services.
HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal has worked closely with three of Saudi Arabia’s kings: King Khalid, King Fahd and King Abdullah. He is one of King Abdullah’s closest allies.
On the personal side, Prince Saud is married with three sons and three daughters. He makes his home in Jeddah. He has been battling Parkinson’s disease and chronic back pain for a number of years. However he does not allow his deteriorating health to keep him from his duties as Foreign Minister.
He is a strong Arab nationalist with a great passion for his position and his country.
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