Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairi, Saudi ambassador to Georgia

Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairi
Updated 25 April 2019

Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairi, Saudi ambassador to Georgia

  • Al-Mutairi has a master’s degree in political science from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco
  • He previously served as the Kingdom’s envoy to Bangladesh

Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairi is Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed ambassador to Georgia.

He previously served as the Kingdom’s envoy to Bangladesh and was deputy consul general at the Saudi Consulate in Houston. He was also head of the consular section in the Kingdom’s embassies of Morocco, Britain, the Philippines and Canada.

Al-Mutairi has a master’s degree in political science from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

He was among a number of newly appointed Saudi ambassadors recently sworn-in before King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace, in Riyadh.

The other appointees were ambassadors to the US, Austria, Cameroon, Cyprus, the UK, and Indonesia namely Princess Reema bint Bandar, Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan, Abdulilah Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, Prince Khaled bin Bandar, and Essam bin Abed Al-Thaqafi respectively.

Each envoy swore an oath of office during the ceremony which was attended by Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Issa, and Assistant Special Secretary to King Salman Tamim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Salem.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.