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

Ambassador Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi
Updated 07 August 2018
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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.”


Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

Saudi Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

  • King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6

RIYADH: To mark the National Day, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses, as well as cars distributing gifts among citizens and expats in Riyadh and other cities.
Under the directives of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, more than 28 million text messages are being sent through the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to promote national values.  The move is taken in cooperation with the General Directorate for Scientific and Intellectual Awareness.
Separately, authorities said recently that “King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6.
Commenting on the event, Al-Asheikh praised King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition. Al-Asheikh said the contest it aimed to encourage Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the holy book. He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.