Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, dies at 75– Saudi Arabia is in saddened upon the death of their longest-serving foreign minister.
Countries ministry official announced the death of the former Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, at the age of 75, Thursday at Los Angeles.
Prince Saud al-Faisal was considered as the world’s longest-serving foreign minister, replaced on April 29 by Adel al-Jubeir.
Even after his replacement, Prince Saud al-Faisal retained an influential position in Saudi foreign policy circles.
He was a good son of Saudi Arabia’s third king, Faisal, who ruled from 1964 until he was assassinated in 1975.
In the past years, Prince Saud al-Faisal had undergone multiple surgeries for his back, which left him walking with a cane.
In a statement, Obama said “As the world’s longest-serving foreign minister, Prince Saud witnessed some of the most challenging periods in the region.
At each turn, he advanced the goals of peace, whether negotiating the end to Lebanon’s civil war or helping to launch the Arab Peace Initiative.”
Former Saudi Foreign Minister led Saudi diplomacy over a period of time that saw the kingdom being more production across the country.
Since he was appointed in October 1975, he was really significant player in regional diplomacy and a landscape that had changed radically.
“His legacy as a statesman and diplomat will not be forgotten.”, “I personally admired him greatly, valued his friendship, and appreciated his wise counsel” Secretary of State John Kerry said as he expressed his condolences to Saud’s family.
In March, he had his last public appearance in where he helped rally efforts for Saudi Arabia to lead a coalition of Arab countries to bomb Yemeni Shiite rebels who had taken over the capital.