Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, has been sworn in by King Salman in a ceremony in Riyadh, according to the SPA and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
The swearing in ceremony took place at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh for Prince Abdullah bin Faisal, alongside other new ambassadors – Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah to Jordan; Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari to France, Dr. Awad bin Saleh Al-Awad to Germany, and Badr bin Ali bin Ahmed Kahil to the Maldives.
The new ambassador fills a vacated seat when H.E. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s previous ambassador to the United States, was promoted to be Saudi Arabia’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, following the death of Prince Saud al-Faisal this year. The eloquent Al-Jubeir was well-regarded in Washington and has warm relations with his American counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry.
Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud was announced as the next ambassador while King Salman was in Washington last month to meet with President Obama.
According to Al Arabiya, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal is 64. An engineer who was born in the Saudi city of Taif in 1951, he had his primary, intermediate and secondary education in Saudi Arabia before pursuing his higher education in engineering in the United Kingdom.
Prince Abdullah bin Faisal has served as head of Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority (SAGIA) from 2000-2004, and has also served as Secretary General of the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu (RCJU).