Bandar Al-Nahdi, first secretary at Saudi Arabia’s UN Mission in New York

Bandar Al-Nahd
Updated 18 May 2019

Bandar Al-Nahdi, first secretary at Saudi Arabia’s UN Mission in New York

Bandar Al-Nahdi has been the first secretary at the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in New York since July 2018. He is also the chairman of the Saudi finance and economic committee.

Prior to that, he served as the head of the consular section at the Saudi Embassy in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for two years and three months between 2016 and 2018.

He was also the second secretary of the department of multilateral organizations at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Riyadh, between 2015 and 2016.

From 2006 until 2014, Al-Nahdi held the post of third secretary at the Saudi Embassy in the Netherlands and was the Kingdom’s representative to the international institutions in The Hague.

Al-Nahdi achieved a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, US.

Recently, he addressed a high-level UN session in New York on international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows and strengthen good practices on asset return. He stressed that the issue continued to pose a major threat to the financial stability of states and their ability to achieve national goals for sustainable development.

Al-Nahdi said that illicit financial flows were constantly increasing beyond detection, resulting in distorted macroeconomic stability, and the creation of severe complications for developing countries that could not afford more burdens while denying them of the resources needed to advance their economic, social and cultural rights, in particular, the right of development.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.