King Salman honors former foreign minister

King Salman honors former Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 25 April 2019
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King Salman honors former foreign minister

  • King Salman conferred the honor on Madani during a reception at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday

RIYADH: Former Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani has been awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the Second Order in recognition of services to the Kingdom stretching over almost five decades.

King Salman conferred the honor on Madani during a reception at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The audience was attended by Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Azzam bin Abdul Karim Al-Qain.

Madani, 78, retired from the Foreign Ministry on Jan. 7 after serving his country for over 50 years. He joined the ministry in 1965 and worked in various roles before becoming foreign affair minister in 2005. 

The former minister is a prolific writer whose works have been published by the Diplomatic Studies Institute. His most recent book was a biography of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Kingdom’s longest-serving foreign minister. The biography was published in 2018 by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. 

Madani recorded the history of his diplomatic career in an autobiography published in 2009.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.