FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, KSA envoy to UN

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel
Updated 18 September 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, KSA envoy to UN

  • Al-Wasel holds a doctorate in political science and international relations. He served as a professor at the King Abdul Aziz Military Academy and at Marshall University in Virginia

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel has been ambassador of Saudi Arabia at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva since 2016.

At the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Al-Wasel confirmed Saudi Arabia’s efforts in supporting the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

He expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the commission to report the latest developments of the dire human rights situation in Syria, as well as the suffering of the Syrian people who have been forced to flee their homes by the Syrian regime and pro-Damascus militias.

He pointed out that the report exposed an unprecedented development and acceleration of events throughout various troubled regions in Syria, emphasizing that the growing numbers of more than a million Syrian refugees were evidence of the Syrian regime’s continued attempts to displace its people.

Al-Wasel holds a doctorate in political science and international relations. He served as a professor at the King Abdul Aziz Military Academy and at Marshall University in Virginia.

Al-Wasel joined the diplomatic service in 1999, working in the human rights office in the department of international organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then worked at the Saudi Embassy in Australia from 2001 to 2007.

Before taking up his post as ambassador to Saudi Arabia in the UN in 2016, Al-Wasel served as the Kingdom’s deputy ambassador to the UK from 2013 for three years. Before that, he served for five years as head of the human rights office of the Saudi delegation to the UN in Geneva.


US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

The resolutions were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” Saudi Arabia said. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 December 2018
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US Senate vote ‘will benefit only Iran’

  • “We are a frontline state in the war against terrorism and the Iranian-aligned militias who are our common enemies”
  • The Saudi stance drew support from the Arab Parliament and the Muslim World League, along with analysts and experts

The Arab world threw its weight behind Saudi Arabia’s assertion of its sovereignty on Monday after what Riyadh described as “blatant interference” in its internal affairs by the US Senate.

The move followed Senate resolutions calling for withdrawal of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and blaming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

The resolutions were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” Saudi Arabia said. “The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership ... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” it said.

The Saudi stance drew support from the Arab Parliament and the Muslim World League, along with analysts and experts.

Arab Parliament speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami urged the US Senate “not to interfere in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, not to disrespect its leadership and not to undermine its stature.” The Arab Parliament opposed any attempts to undermine the Kingdom or targeted its leadership, reputation and prestige, Al-Salami said.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary general of the Muslim World League, said undermining the sovereignty and leadership of Saudi Arabia was “a red line that no one … is allowed to cross.”

“This interference is only in the interest of the wicked,” he said.

Salman Al-Ansari, founder of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) in Washington, told Arab News it was “unfortunate that members of the US Senate have buckled under the relentless information warfare that has been waged against Saudi Arabia.

“Any vote against the Saudi leadership is a vote against Saudi youth. It is a time of change, dynamism and limitless possibilities in Saudi Arabia, and the crown prince exemplifies that.”

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar in Riyadh, told Arab News the US and Saudi Arabia were allies and only Iran would gain from a rift between them. “We are a frontline state in the war against terrorism and the Iranian-aligned militias who are our common enemies,” he said.

“Many Americans are unaware of what is happening in the region and how President Obama’s opening up to Iran emboldened Tehran to run amok. By creating this rupture, the US Senate surely realizes who benefits from it. Iran, of course, our common enemy.”