FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan
Updated 07 December 2018

FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

  • Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978
  • Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan has been the minister of state for African affairs since Feb. 26, 2018 and the dean of the Arab diplomatic corps since 2013. 

On Thursday, Kattan headed the Saudi delegation at the donor coordination conference to finance the Priority Investment Programme (PIP) of the Group of Five Sahel countries (G5 Sahel) for 2019-2021 in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.

The Kingdom’s participation in the conference underscores its role in promoting development and stability and its keenness to support efforts to combat extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region. 

Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005. 

He was ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2018, receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Cairo University in 1978. 

Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, and went to the Saudi Embassy in London in 1982. 

He was at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. between 1984 and 2005, becoming deputy to Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz in Washington between 2002 and 2005. 

He served as Saudi’s permanent observer to the Organization of American States between 1996 and 2005. He participated in UN sessions in New York from 1984 to 2005, and in Arab League summits from 2005.

He was the deputy president of the advisory committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 2009, on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

 

 

 


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.