HIS HIGHNESS PRINCE SAUD AL FAISAL

HIS HIGHNESS PRINCE SAUD AL FAISAL

Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: سعود بن فيصل بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎), also known as Saud Al Faisal (Arabic: سعود الفيصل‎‎; 2 January 1940 – 9 July 2015), was a Saudi diplomat and statesman who served as Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister from 1975 to 2015. The Championship His highness Prince Saud Al Faisal cup, the football championship tournament uniting countries all over the world have been named in the memory of the late Foreign minister Prince Saud al Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs God ‘s mercy, who played an important role in order to achieve security, stability, and peace in the world and the support of the Arab issues and Islamic. A member of the Saudi Royal Family, he was the longest-serving foreign minister in world history. Saud bin Faisal was the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. He was appointed to the post on October 1975. His term ended on 29 April 2015 when he was replaced by Adel al-Jubeir, a former Saudi ambassador to the United States

On 13 October 1975, King Khalid appointed him as a foreign minister. He currently holds the record for having been the world’s longest-serving foreign minister. He was well regarded in the diplomatic community. He spoke seven languages: Arabic, English, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Italian, and German. In May 1985, he officially visited Iran and meetings were focused on the annual pilgrimage of Iranians to Mecca. The same year Prince Saud raised awareness in Britain of Soviet activity in the Horn of Africa. He asked Condoleezza Rice to focus on “key substantive issues” of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He complained that US banks were auditing Saudi Embassy banks illegally. He asserted that auditors were “inappropriate and aggressive”. He also declared that the Saudi Embassy has diplomatic immunity.

Prince Saud said in 2004 that Saudi Arabia would like to reduce its dependence on U.S.-dominated security arrangements. Prince Saud was closely involved in philanthropy. He was a founding member of the King Faisal Foundation and chairman of the board of directors for the King Faisal School and Al Faisal University in Riyadh. He was also a member of the Society for Disabled Children and the Madinah Society for Welfare and Social Services.

Prince Saud suffered from Parkinson’s disease. He had surgery in the United States. His physical appearance showed signs of health deterioration, especially difficulty standing upright. On 11 August 2012, he had another surgery to remove a “simple” blockage in the intestines due to adhesions resulting from previous surgery. The operation was performed at the Specialist Hospital in Jeddah. Prince Saud went to Los Angeles after he left the hospital on 6 September 2012. The ministry announced that he would stay there for a while. On 25 January 2015, Prince Saud had successful spine surgery in the U.S. In March 2015 he was photographed using a walker. With age, Saud faced many health problems, suffering from chronic back pain and having had various surgeries.

Prince Saud died on 9 July 2015 at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. His funeral prayer was held in Grand Mosque in Makkah.

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