Former Saudi foreign minister dies at 75

Former Saudi foreign minister prince Saud al Faisal passes away at age 75

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s prince Saud al Faisal, who served as the longest foreign minister since March 1975, passed away on Thursday at the age 75, according to his family and the kingdom’s Foreign Ministry.

Forty years ago, Faisal who is the second son of King Faisal, was appointed by King Khalid as minister of foreign affairs for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he held the post up until two months prior, which is a world record for this position.

"May God accept him in paradise," his nephew Saud Mohammed al Abdullah al Faisal said on Twitter.

The prince who spoke seven languages worked closely with king Khalid, king Fahd and King Abdullah.

He worked tediously towards diminishing Iran’s influence in the Middle East, especially in Syria.

He was quoted as saying that he regrets the fact that a Palestinian state was never formed during his career.

The charismatic leader who is known to have a sense of humour, was replaced in April by Adel al Jubeir, Washington’s Saudi ambassador.

The US embassy in Saudi Arabia cited John Kerry, US Secretary of State as saying;  "Saud was not only the longest serving foreign minister, but was also one of the wisest."

In his late life, he was suffering from many health issues, such as back pain and underwent many surgeries.

TRTWorld and agencies