World’s longest serving FM steps down in major Saudi reshuffle

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The world’s longest serving foreign minister has been relieved of his duties as the new Saudi King reshuffled his cabinet today.

Saud Al-Faisal, who’s served as the Kingdom’s foreign minister for 40 years, requested he be relieved of his duties “due to his health conditions” a request which was accepted by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz agreed.

Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir replaces Al-Faisal as foreign minister, the state-owned SPA news agency reported.

However, the veteran diplomat was appointed as a state minister, an adviser and a special envoy of the king, as well as a supervisor on foreign affairs.

Al-Faisal has been battling Parkinson’s disease and chronic back pain, and he recently returned home after weeks of recovery from a back surgery in the United States, which the Saudi authorities described as “successful”.

King Salman also accepted a request by his Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz to be relieved of his duties, naming Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Nayef as the new heir to the Saudi throne.

Prince Mohamed, 30, becomes the youngest member of the royal family to serve as deputy crown prince.

King Salman has also named new ministers for health and economy.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


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