Prince Saud al-Faisal, World’s longest serving Foreign Minister passed away


Prince Saud al-Faisal who was former foreign minister of Saudi Arabia passed away in United States at the age of 75. Saud al-Faisal had retired in April 2015. He was succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir. Saud al-Faisal was the foreign minister of Saudi kingdom for 4 decades from 1975 to 2015.

Saud al-Faisal had served under four Saudi kings and had advanced the kingdom’s foreign policy, especially after the 9/11 attacks in US.

Saud al-Faisal was world’s longest-serving foreign minister. His tenure as foreign minister has seen various extreme events in Middle-East.

These are-

  1. Invasion of Lebanon by Israel (1978, 1982 and 2006)
  2. Eruption of Palestinian intifadas (1987 and 2000)
  3. Invasion of Iran by Iraq (1980) and
  4. Invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (1990)

Saud al-Faisal was son of King Faisal. He was born on 2 January 1940 in Taif near Mecca. Saud al-Faisal started his career as consultant for Petroleum Ministry of Saudi Kingdom in 1960. His occupation of Iraq by a US-led coalition in 2003.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 14, 2015