FaceOf: Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saif, the Saudi deputy minister of justice

Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saif
Updated 23 October 2018

FaceOf: Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saif, the Saudi deputy minister of justice

Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saif is the Saudi deputy minister of justice. He was appointed to this position in February 2018 following a royal order. He succeeded Ahmad Al-Humaidan.
Previously, he served as a judge at the General Court of Riyadh, and at the Court of Appeal in Al-Jawf.
Moreover, he also served as the president of the Court of Civil Affairs in Riyadh. During his tenure there, he resolved pending cases in the court concerning minors, and related to family issues.
An orderly system was set up to adjudicate important cases within two days in general or a maximum of 10 working days, in contrast to several months in the past.
Al-Saif holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic law from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, and a master’s degree from Riyadh’s Higher Judicial Institute.
The Saudi Ministry of Justice signed a memorandum of cooperation with China on Sunday to share and exchange information and experiences in the field of the judiciary.
The deputy justice minister signed the memorandum with his Chinese counterpart Chung Chungwa at a ceremony held in Riyadh.
The memorandum stated the two sides agreed to establish the basis for cooperation in the area of legislation, legal dissemination and dissemination of legal knowledge, management of notaries, institutional operational management and technical support, and capacity-building for judicial administration officials.
Al-Saif said the measure will help strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
Since the establishment of ties, the relations between the two countries have witnessed sustained development.
Saudi Arabia considers itself an essential partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will have a great economic and social impact on the world.
There are hundreds of Saudi students in Chinese universities, and the Kingdom has opened a branch of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Beijing to encourage exchanges between scholars, researchers and students in both countries.

Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

Updated 27 January 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

  • Foreign minister says Israeli passport holders are still unable to visit the the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Israeli citizens are still unable to visit the Kingdom.

Foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the policy has not changed despite Israel saying on Sunday that its passport holders could now travel to the country for religious and business visits.

“Our policy is fixed,” Prince Faisal told CNN. “We do not have relations with the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the Kingdom at the current time.”

His comments come as Donald Trump prepares to unveil his Middle East peace plan on Tuesday. An agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would be key to improving relations with Arab countries, most of which have no diplomatic ties with Israel.

“When a peace agreement is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I believe the issue of Israel’s involvement in the region will be on the table,” Prince Faisal added.

Israel’s interior minister said on Sunday that Israelis - if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities - would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

Israelis, mostly Muslims going on pilgrimage, do visit the Kingdom, but usually with special permission or using foreign passports.

Saudi Arabia, along with most Arab countries have no official diplomatic relations with Israel, and citizens of those countries are not able to travel to Israel nor Israelis to those countries.

However, relations between Israel and Gulf states have improved in recent years, particularly over a shared stand against Iran and its aggressive policies in the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that he welcomed Israel’s warming ties to Arab countries in the region.

In 2018, Netanyahu visited Oman and met the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

*With Reuters