FaceOf: Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs

Nizar bin Obaid Madani
Updated 07 November 2018
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FaceOf: Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs

  • Madani has much experience, having worked for the Foreign Ministry since 1965

Nizar bin Obaid Madani has been the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs since his appointment following a royal order in 2005.

Madani has much experience, having worked for the Foreign Ministry since 1965. He began his diplomatic career as an attache, then proceeded to the Saudi Embassy in Washington in 1968 and became charge d’affaires.

Madani participated in several international conferences and was among Saudi Arabia’s delegation at the UN, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Moreover, he headed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to several international committee meetings including those of the disarmament committee and the regional security committee in the multilateral negotiations on the peace process in the Middle East.

Madani was appointed a member at the Saudi Consultative Council, the Shoura Council, in 1993 and then reappointed in 1997.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Cairo University, a master’s degree in international relations, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the American University in Washington, DC.

Recently, Madani delivered a lecture on “The Kingdom’s Foreign Policy and Political Stances” at the Shoura Council.

The lecture was part of a “knowledge meeting” aimed at enhancing the concept of parliamentary diplomacy and updating the council’s members with recent developments through an open dialogue between the guest and the members of the council.


Media should not be allowed to ‘sacrifice national values’

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), speaks at the Wilton Park Inclusive Citizenship Dialogues forum in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Media should not be allowed to ‘sacrifice national values’

  • Al-Issa called on national integration programs to address segregation, whether educational, religious or ethnic

JEDDAH: The three-day Wilton Park Inclusive Citizenship Dialogues forum began in Abu Dhabi on Monday, gathering religious, intellectual and political figures from across the Middle East.
“It’s wrong to accept from individuals or institutions any justifications that threaten national unity,” said Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL).
“It’s also essential to protect legitimate freedoms, especially ones that promote and support citizenship,” he added.
“We appreciate the concept of national integration ministries in countries of religious and ethnic diversity, but… some of them suffer gaps due to the lack of participation of all national segments in the formulation of their programs,” he said.
“Some of these ministries have a single perspective that they impose on others, which results in accusations of failure or negative bias and racism,” Al-Issa added. “Also, some of these ministries may lack a social presence.”
The media should not be allowed to sacrifice national values, which protect everyone, for the sake of partisan, ideological, ethnic or financial interests, he said.
“Followers of religious and ethnic minorities have sacrificed a lot to show their loyalty to the countries that welcomed them and their parents,” he added.
“But the extremism of the far right came to reinforce prejudices at the expense of those sacrifices and the unity that brings social peace which, if undermined, can threaten the most important pillars of supreme national interest.”
Al-Issa called on national integration programs to address segregation, whether educational, religious or ethnic.