Belgium becomes first country to appoint female envoy to KSA

Dominique Minuer. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 20 December 2017

Belgium becomes first country to appoint female envoy to KSA

RIYADH: Belgium has become the first country to appoint a female diplomat as its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Dominique Minuer, a veteran diplomat currently serving as ambassador to the UAE, has been named by the Belgian Foreign Ministry as the next envoy to head its diplomatic mission in the Saudi capital.
“The Belgian government has made the decision to move Minuer from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh by the middle of next year,” said Siegfried Peinen, deputy chief of the mission at Belgian Embassy, on Tuesday. “Minuer is likely to arrive in early summer after submission of the diplomatic credentials to the host government,” he said.
Belgium’s public broadcaster VRT said that move is “an international first” which also responds well to a series of social and economic reform measures undertaken by the Kingdom recently.
Yekaterina Majering Mikadze, a Georgian diplomat appointed in 2010, previously had responsibility for Saudi Arabia, but was based in Kuwait and covered a number of neighboring countries. When Georgia later opened an embassy specifically for Saudi Arabia in 2015, it appointed a male ambassador in Riyadh.
The Kingdom and Belgium have been close allies. On the commercial front, the two countries have forged closer ties. Belgian imports from Saudi Arabia have increased by 40 percent from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $2.5 billion last year. On the other hand, Saudi exports of commodities to Belgium increased from $3.8 billion in 2015 to $4.2 billion in 2016. The two sides have shown a keen interest in forging closer investment ties.


Saudi minister meets UK Ambassador Neil Crompton in Riyadh

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir meets UK Ambassador Neil Crompton in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 25 February 2020

Saudi minister meets UK Ambassador Neil Crompton in Riyadh

  • The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the UK is built on an enduring partnership

RIYADH: UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Neil Crompton on Monday called on Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral issues. Al-Jubeir wished the UK envoy all the success in consolidating and enhancing relations between the two friendly countries.
The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the UK is built on an enduring partnership. The two countries are key strategic partners in Vision 2030, and both countries reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for the citizens of both kingdoms.