The world’s longest serving foreign minister, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Saud al-Faisal, was replaced in April after 40 years representing the kingdom, as Riyadh faces a period of unprecedented regional crisis.
His departure comes as the world’s top oil exporter attempts to navigate regional turmoil caused by the 2011 “Arab Spring,” set against the backdrop of an overarching rivalry with Iran and bumps in its alliance with Washington.
President Clinton poses for pictures with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal before a meeting at the United Nations Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, greets Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Affairs minister of Saudi Arabia at U.N. headquarters in New York Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. (AP)