FaceOf: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada

Ambassador Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi
Updated 07 August 2018

FaceOf: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada

JEDDAH: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada. He has been working in this position since 2014. 

He is also the president of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and dean of the Council Of Arab League Ambassadors.

Al-Sudairi was born in Riyadh in 1963. He holds a master’s degree in political studies. 

Before he became the Kingdom’s ambassador to Canada, Al-Sudairi served as chair of the working group I of the UN Disarmament Commission.  He held that position for three years, between 2012 and 2014. His working group was focused on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. 

Al-Sudairi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. In 1997, he joined Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN in New York. He was elected to be a rapporteur of the Third Committee of Human Rights for the Asian Group at the UN session. He also served as the director general of the Specialized Organizations Department of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Al-Sudairi participated in organizing and presiding over several international working sessions. He also headed the Kingdom’s delegation in several international meetings.

Moreover, Al-Sudairi has published several studies on the working mechanisms of the UN, and on international relations. 

On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, over Canada’s “interference” in Saudi Arabia’s domestic affairs. Moreover, all new business and investment transactions with Canada have been frozen. 

The Kingdom also recalled its ambassador, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi for consultation. The envoy on Monday tweeted: “The Canadian position is a grave and unacceptable violation of the Kingdom’s laws and procedures. In addition to violating the Kingdom’s judiciary and a breach of the principle of sovereignty.”

Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

Updated 22 July 2019

Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

  • The 24th World Scout Jamboree runs from July 22 until August 2
  • 45,000 youths from more than 150 scout associations are participating

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Scouts Association will participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree under the theme “Unlock a New World” at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, US.

The jamboree will run from July 22 until Aug. 2 with the participation of 45,000 young people representing more than 150 scout associations members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, said that the Kingdom’s delegation included more than 100 scouts and rover scouts between the ages of 14-17 and would include educational activities that promoted peace, intercultural understanding and life leadership skills.

He said that the jamboree slogan would also inspire scouts to become active citizens able to create a more sustainable world by identifying global issues such as climate change through activities including hiking and workshops so they could help themselves in a rapidly changing world.

The jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, which serves more than 51 million youth worldwide.