FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan
Updated 07 December 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

  • Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978
  • Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan has been the minister of state for African affairs since Feb. 26, 2018 and the dean of the Arab diplomatic corps since 2013. 

On Thursday, Kattan headed the Saudi delegation at the donor coordination conference to finance the Priority Investment Programme (PIP) of the Group of Five Sahel countries (G5 Sahel) for 2019-2021 in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.

The Kingdom’s participation in the conference underscores its role in promoting development and stability and its keenness to support efforts to combat extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region. 

Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005. 

He was ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2018, receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Cairo University in 1978. 

Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, and went to the Saudi Embassy in London in 1982. 

He was at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. between 1984 and 2005, becoming deputy to Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz in Washington between 2002 and 2005. 

He served as Saudi’s permanent observer to the Organization of American States between 1996 and 2005. He participated in UN sessions in New York from 1984 to 2005, and in Arab League summits from 2005.

He was the deputy president of the advisory committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 2009, on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

 

 

 


Houthis target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden drone

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden drone

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.