Riyadh:(APS) Saudi Arabia’s Prince Saud al-Faisal, who was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister, has died, family members and a foreign ministry spokesman said late Thursday, over two months after he was replaced following 40 years in the job.
“May God accept him in paradise,” the prince’s nephew Saud Mohammed al-Abdullah al-Faisal said on Twitter.
Prince Saud, who was appointed in 1975, was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister when he was replaced on April 29 by Adel al-Jubeir, the then ambassador to Washington.
Faisal served under four Saudi kings, advancing the Kingdom’s foreign policy especially after the attacks of 9-11, 2001 in the United States.
His tenure saw Israel invade Lebanon in 1978, 1982 and 2006, the eruption of Palestinian intifadas in 1987 and 2000, Iraq’s invasions of Iran in 1980 and Kuwait in 1990, and the occupation of Iraq by a US-led coalition in 2003.