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Saudi King appoints third foreign minister in four years

Saudi King appoints third foreign minister in four years

Prince Faisal Al Saud, 45, was serving as the kingdom’s ambassador to Germany

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has named Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud as his third foreign minister since taking the throne in 2015.

In a series of royal decrees late Wednesday and published by the official news agency, the king also named Saleh Al-Jasser transportation minister.

Prince Faisal Al Saud, 45, who recently was serving as the kingdom’s ambassador to Germany, used to work in the private sector and defense-related businesses and was not particularly known outside the Saudi elite circle. He also served as an adviser at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington.

Former Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf was appointed as a state minister and a member in the Saudi cabinet, according to the royal decrees.

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