FaceOf: KSA’s new envoy to Egypt and the Arab League Osama Nugali

Ambassador Osama Nugali
Updated 22 April 2018

FaceOf: KSA’s new envoy to Egypt and the Arab League Osama Nugali

  • Nugali replaced Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Kattan, who had served as the Kingdom’s envoy to Egypt for the last 14 year
  • He had served at the Saudi Embassy in the US for nine years and in various capacities in Saudi Foreign Ministry delegations

Osama Nugali was appointed as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt and permanent representative to the Arab League on April 4, replacing Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Kattan, who had served as the Kingdom’s envoy to Egypt for the last 14 years before his recent appointment as the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs.

Nugali was sworn in on Tuesday as the new envoy to Egypt during a ceremony attended by King Salman.

“I pray that I will always live up to the expectations of our sage leaders and continue to be enlightened by their wisdom and guidance,” the newly appointed ambassador tweeted.

Earlier, Nugali was the Saudi deputy minister of foreign affairs for public diplomacy, and the director of media department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nugali earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 1980, and a diploma from the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in 1983. 

He has worked at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, for nine years since 1988. 

Nugali also served as a member of the Board of Radio and Television, a member of the presidency of the Saudi Press Agency, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the UNESCO chair for interreligious dialogue.

He also served in various capacities in Saudi Foreign Ministry delegations since 2000. 

Nugali is known for his active interaction on social media, mainly Twitter, as he represents the Kingdom’s voice that defends its positions and interests in local and international media. 

 


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

Updated 14 min 48 sec ago

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.