Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, Saudi minister of state for Arabian Gulf affairs

Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan
Updated 29 September 2019

Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, Saudi minister of state for Arabian Gulf affairs

Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan has been the Saudi minister of state for Arabian Gulf affairs since October 2016.

Prior to that, he was the ambassador to Iraq from 2015. He also served as Saudi Arabia’s military attaché in Lebanon in 2014 and 2015 and the assistant military attaché in 2014 and 2012.

Al-Sabhan served in several positions as a platoon leader at the Saudi Special Armed Forces including the rapid intervention force.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in military science at King Abdul Aziz Military College in Riyadh in 1988.

He received his master’s degree in police and security sciences at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in Riyadh in 2007. He also received another master’s degree in command and staff from Jordan in 2008.

He was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Order of Excellence and Merit from the US Defense Department, and the Desert Storm operational medal from the Saudi Defense Ministry.

Al-Sabhan welcomed the establishment of the Syrian Constitutional Committee during his participation in the high-level meeting on the political solution in Syria.

He also supported the political process to put an end to the Syrian crisis, which is based on Security Council Resolution 2254 in order to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria.

Al-Sabhan pointed out that the Kingdom is working with the countries of the small group to support the efforts of the UN envoy Geir Pederson.


King Salman receives Kuwaiti deputy PM

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King Salman receives Kuwaiti deputy PM

RIYADH: King Salman on Wednesday received Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who conveyed the greetings of the Kuwaiti emir.
During their meeting in Riyadh, the king also conveyed his greetings to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The audience was attended by Saudi Minister of State Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali Al-Khalid Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and a number of officials.
Also on Wednesday, King Salman received the credentials of a number of ambassadors to the Kingdom.
These included Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau Mamadou Sanou, Ambassador of Maldives Mohamed Khaleel, Ambassador of Cyprus Stavros Avgoustides, Ambassador of Malaysia Abd Razak Abdul Wahab, Ambassador of Sweden Niclas Trouve, Ambassador of Niger Abubakar Hassan Dan Sokoto, Ambassador of Singapore Wong Chow Ming, Ambassador of Slovenia Mateja Prevolse, Ambassador of Egypt Ahmed Farouk Mohamed Tawfiq, and Ambassador of Colombia Ana Milena Munoz de Gaviria.
The king welcomed the ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, sending his greetings to the leaders of their countries, wishing them success in their missions to enhance and develop relations between the Kingdom and their nations.
The ambassadors conveyed the greetings of their leaders to the king and stressed their keenness to enhance and develop relations between their countries and the Kingdom.