Prince Saud al-Faisal, former foreign minister of Saudi Arabia passed away in United States. He was 75.
He was the Saudi kingdom’s foreign minister for 4 decades (from 1975 to 2015). He had retired in April 2015 and was succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir.
He had served under four Saudi kings and had advanced the kingdom’s foreign policy, especially after the 9/11 attacks in US. It should be noted that he was world’s longest-serving foreign minister.
His tenure as foreign minister has seen various extreme events in Middle-East such as
- Invasion of Lebanon by Israel (1978, 1982 and 2006).
- Eruption of Palestinian intifadas (1987 and 2000).
- Invasion of Iran by Iraq (1980).
- Invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (1990).
- Occupation of Iraq by a US-led coalition (2003).
Saud al-Faisal was son of King Faisal and was born on 2 January 1940 in Taif near Mecca. In the 1960s, he started his career as consultant for Petroleum Ministry of Saudi Kingdom.