Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council

Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan
Updated 21 September 2019

Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council

  • Al-Samaan holds a diploma in law from the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh
  • He was a legal researcher at the prime minister’s office from 1982 to 1984

Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan has been assistant speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council since 2015. He was a member of the council between 2009 and 2015.

Al-Samaan holds a diploma in law from the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, and a bachelor’s degree from the capital’s King Saud University (KSU). He holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Dundee in the UK.

He was a legal researcher at the prime minister’s office from 1982 to 1984, a member of the editorial board of Diplomacy Magazine, and a certified arbitrator on the list approved by the Justice Ministry.

Al-Samaan served as an assistant professor of international law at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh between 1994 and 2009.

He was also an associate lecturer at KSU’s Department of Law, where he taught international law between 1995 and 1997.

He was on secondment to the private sector between 2001 and 2008, giving legal consultations to many national and foreign companies, as well as preparing legal memorandums.

On Friday, he met Brazil’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Marcelo Souza Della Nina in Riyadh. Al-Samaan praised the good relations between the two countries in various fields.

He stressed the importance of finalizing procedures related to ratifying treaties and memorandums of understanding for cooperation in various fields.

Al-Samaan highlighted the important roles played by the Shoura Council and Brazil’s Parliament in strengthening ties and opening new horizons for cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting tackled topics of mutual interest to the Kingdom and Brazil, including ways to strengthen parliamentary relations.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.