FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi
Updated 24 May 2018
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FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

  • Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University
  • Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, 65, is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN.

Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. 

Along with his responsibilities with the UN, Al-Mouallimi is the president at Dar Al-Mouallimi Consulting. 

He is also an adviser at the Olayan Group and has been chairman at HBG Holdings Limited since November 2006.

On Tuesday, Al-Mouallimi and Khalid Al-Sharif, the consul-general of the Kingdom in New York, held an iftar (breaking-fast) ceremony on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. The ambassador welcomed all, praying and wishing for prosperity and dignity for Arab and Islamic nations. 

Al-Mouallimi affirmed that the perpetrators of violent acts against civilians in Gaza would not escape accountability, demanding punishment for those who do not recognize their responsibility for the murders and violent acts committed by snipers in Gaza, as well as the explosive barrels and chemical weapons being used in Syria.

Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years. He was a managing director of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia, a board member of the Saudi National Commercial Bank, vice-chairman of Olayan Financing Company from 1991 to 1998, and a board member of Saudi Telecom.

He has also served at the highest levels of Saudi government, most notably when he was appointed to the Majlis Al-Shoura, or the National Consultative Council, from 1997 to 2001.

Al-Mouallimi was appointed by royal decree to the position of mayor of Jeddah where he served with distinction until 2005. He has been chairman of Rasmala PLC (formerly the European Islamic Investment Bank PLC) since December 2011.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 17 min 3 sec ago
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.