Saudi royal decree appoints Prince Faisal bin Farhan as new foreign minister

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A Saudi Arabian royal decree appointed on Wednesday Prince Faisal bin Farhan as the Kingdom’s new foreign minister, relieving former minister Ibrahim al-Assaf from his duties.

Al-Assaf, who replaced Adel al-Jubeir in December 2018, will be demoted to minister of state, as per the decree.


Born in Germany in 1974 (45 years-old), Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud has served as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Germany since February 10. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company (SAMI) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alsalam Aerospace Industries Company.

He had also served as the chief adviser at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the US and as an adviser to the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia.

The new foreign minister speaks English and German fluently.

Another royal decree appointed Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser, the Director-General of the Saudi Arabian Airlines, as the new transport minister, relieving Nabil al-Amoudi from his duties.

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