Prince Saud, Lanka envoy discuss ways to bolster ties

Updated 17 August 2014
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Prince Saud, Lanka envoy discuss ways to bolster ties

Strengthening relations between the Kingdom and Sri Lanka was the focus of the meeting held between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday.
The meeting took place after the Sri Lankan envoy presented copies of his credentials to the minister, who also received the credentials of Niger’s Ambassador Amadou Songhai, Iran’s Ambassador Hussein Sidky and Mauritania’s Ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Al-Ameen.
Mohamed told Arab News that talks, which addressed issues of bilateral interest, were cordial.
“I also told the foreign affairs minister that Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, intends to visit the Kingdom,” he said, adding that the last such visit was made by the late former Sri Lankan President Junius Richard Jayawardene some four decades ago.
Hussein Mohamed said the Saudi Embassy was set up in the 1990s following the visit of Prince Saud Al-Faisal’s visit to the island.
The Saudi Embassy in Colombo was established in the early 1990s, with Abdullah Al-Zahrani as the first charge d’affaires, who was succeeded by Ali Al-Hamdan.
In 2001, the Kingdom upgraded the mission and sent Mahmud Al-Ali as its first ambassador to Sri Lanka. Al-Ali served in Colombo until he moved to Pretoria after his appointment as ambassador to South Africa in December 2007.
The Saudi mission has been headed by Ambassador Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Jammaz for the past three years.
The ambassador said that he is keen on promoting trade, tourism and investment between the two countries. He also thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for various assistance given from time to time when the country needed them.
Saudi Arabia built a first-of-its-kind epilepsy and diagnosis hospital in Colombo at the cost of SR75 million. It also completed construction of a neuro-trauma hospital in the capital and built 500 houses for the island’s tsunami victims.
He said the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) gave an additional grant of SR11 million for the development of health facilities at the neuro-trauma hospital, which was built with SR40 million worth of Saudi aid to Colombo.
A bridge costing SR440 million and built with Saudi aid was opened by President Rajapaksa in Kinniya, the minister said.
The Trincomalee-Batticaloa highway was also widened with the funds allocated under the agreement. The SFD has given more than 1.2 billion Sri Lankan rupees for various projects in the island.


FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan
Updated 42 min 4 sec ago
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FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

  • He was appointed to this position in June 2017
  • Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is the Saudi ambassador to Germany. 

He was appointed to this position in June 2017. Prince Khalid is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence.

He has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khalid has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khalid bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia. 

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. 

Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies. He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Prince Khalid married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. The ambassador was recently interviewed by German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag in which he commented on Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s case.

“The whole thing is a tragedy. For his family, but also for our country. I am very sad to see how much of our work has been destroyed as a result. We will ensure that those responsible are punished,” the envoy said. “We do not deal with dissidents and exiles in this way. They remain Saudi citizens and if they have problems, we take care of them. homeland is there for them.”