FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal, chairman of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal
Updated 10 March 2019

FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal, chairman of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development

JEDDAH: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal has been recently appointed the chairman of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD).

During its 15th session held in Cairo last week, the ACCD board of trustees decided to appoint Prince Abdul Aziz the council’s chairman in place of his late father Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz.

He is the co-founder of Ahyaha humanitarian organization with his wife Princess Sora bint Saud. The organization aims to enhance the livelihood of the community through sustainable, creative and social programs, and to create a welcoming, informative environment for humanitarian works to thrive. It is based in Riyadh and its focus areas include road traffic safety, youth, education, social development and water.

Prince Abdul Aziz is a member and special representative of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) board of directors, which is a regional organization established in 1980 and based in Riyadh.  

He is also the chairman of Global Saudi Presence Ltd. and vice chair of Horizon Investments Ltd. Prince Abdul Aziz is a member of the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR). 

Prince Abdul Aziz is very passionate about resolving youth-related issues. He regularly gives lectures on these issues at various forums across the world.

He received his early education in Saudi Arabia and then continued his studies in Switzerland. He has an immense interest in the confluence of numerous sectors while specializing in technology, hospitality, and microfinance. Prince Abdul Aziz then advanced his knowledge in the US by receiving advanced training.

In a speech delivered at the launch of the study “Child Labor in Arab Countries” at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Prince Abdul Aziz said that the ACCD had implemented development projects to preserve the rights and dignity of Arab children, and to stop their economic exploitation, since the 1990s, and was adapting ambitious targets to meet changing problems.

Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

Updated 20 June 2019

Saudi Arabia says halt in arms sales will embolden Iran

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was speaking after UK suspended issuing new licenses for weapons sales to the Kingdom in response to a court ruling
  • UK government disagrees with the judgement and will seek permission to appeal

LONDON: Halting weapons sales to Saudi Arabia will only benefit Iran, Adel Al-Jubeir said Wednesday, after the British government announced it would suspend issuing new licenses for the sale of arms to the Kingdom.

The UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the decision in parliament after a court ordered the government to “reconsider” the sales because of their humanitarian impact in Yemen.

Fox said he disagreed with the judgement and would seek permission to appeal.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

“The decision by the court in the UK has to do with procedures for licensing, not any wrongdoing that took place,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters in London.

“The coalition is an ally of the West and the coalition is fighting a legitimate war at the behest of a legitimate government to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over a strategically important country - so the only beneficiary of a cut-off of weapons to the coalition is going to be Iran.”

The court ruling does not halt Britain's arms exports but means the granting of new licences will be paused.

Leading British defence firm BAE Systems said it would continue to support the UK government “in providing equipment, support and training under government to government agreements between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia is part of the Arab coalition fighting to support the internationally recognized government in Yemen which was driven from the capital Sanaa in 2014 by Iran-backed militants.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 43 percent of Britain's global arms sales in the past decade, Reuters reported.

The legal action against the British government was brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Meanwhilw, a State Department official said the US must stand with Saudi Arabia as a key security partner, when asked about the Thursday's court ruling in the UK.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper said both the US and Britain had long-standing bilateral ties to Saudi Arabia.
"They are carrying a significant amount of equity to protect US interests and US persons, and it is incumbent upon us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners, especially when they are on the front line for our interests," he said.

*With Reuters