In an exclusive interview with AFP, recently appointed Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim al-Assaf, said that his replacing of Adel al-Jubeir, former Foreign Minister and current Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has nothing to do with his predecessor’s efficiency.
“He (Adel al-Jubeir) represented Saudi Arabia and will continue to represent Saudi Arabia in many events and meetings and discussions around the world. My job will mostly continue on the structure of the ministry,” Assaf said.
When asked about the reshuffling being a result of Khashoggi’s murder, he said: “My appointment and that of the others, and the reconstruction of the Council of Ministers, have nothing to do with the Khashoggi affair. Our position is very clear on that. But it is part of a unprecedented transformation of the country itself.”