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.


Finance Minister Al-Jadaan leads Saudi delegation at Arab economic summit

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Finance Minister Al-Jadaan leads Saudi delegation at Arab economic summit

  • Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari received the minister

JEDDAH: Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan arrived in Beirut on Saturday to lead the Saudi delegation at an Arab economic summit. 

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari and other embassy officials received the minister.

The meeting is the first economic and development summit to be held since 2013, and comes as Syria, Yemen and Libya remain gripped by violence and Iraq confronts a massive reconstruction challenge after its costly victory over Daesh.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said nearly half of all refugees “come from our Arab world.”

Lebanon is home to some 1 million Syrian refugees, or a quarter of the country’s population.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the opening session that Lebanon is overwhelmed by the presence of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, who make about half the population of the tiny country, which is struggling with an economic crisis.