FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Updated 11 May 2018
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FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

  • Abdullah Al-Asheikh met on Thursday with Mohammad Ali Hamad, spokesman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Djibouti.
  • He was born in Diriyah, a town located on the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh in 1948, and was educated by his father, Muhammad Al-Asheikh, a former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.

JEDDAH: The Chairman of the Shoura Council (the consultative assembly of Saudi Arabia), Abdullah Al-Asheikh, is currently on a visit to Djibouti.

A meeting was held on Thursday with Mohammad Ali Hamad, spokesman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Djibouti.

Several issues of mutual concern and cooperation between the Shoura Council and the Djiboutian Parliament were discussed. The meeting was attended by a number of officials of the two countries. Al-Asheikh comes from a notable family of Saudi religious scholars.

He was born in Diriyah, a town located on the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh in 1948. He was educated by his father, Muhammad Al-Asheikh, a former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia. He attended the Shariah College in Riyadh (now known as Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Shariah in 1975.

He studied Shariah at Al-Azhar University in Cairo and returned to Saudi Arabia to obtain a doctorate degree in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Fiqh from Imam Mohammed bin Saudi University in 1987.

After receiving his doctorate, Al-Asheikh worked as a professor at the Shariah College of Imam Muhammed bin Saud Islamic University until he became Minister of Justice in 1992, and until 2009 when King Abdullah reshuffled the Cabinet.

He is also deputy chairman of the executive office of the Arab Justice Ministers Council. He is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Disabled Children’s Association and Albir Society in Riyadh. He has given many lectures on Islamic economy and produced a series of lectures on terrorism and how to overcome it, which were later collected and published in a book.


Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Updated 26 April 2019
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Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the British Foreign Office in London on Thursday.

The two sides held talks during which they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber.

Al-Jubeir also met with Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt and a number of UK Parliament members at the Saudi Embassy in London.

Earlier, Hunt highlighted the strategic partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia and said that it would help British efforts to end the war in Yemen. “The strategic relationship that the UK has with Saudi Arabia is what allows us to have a huge influence in bringing about peace in Yemen,” he said.