Prince Turki Al-Faisal, co-founder of the King Faisal Foundation

Prince Turki Al-Faisal
Updated 09 October 2019

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, co-founder of the King Faisal Foundation

Prince Turki Al-Faisal is a co-founder and trustee of the King Faisal Foundation and currently serves as chairman of its Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He has also been an adviser at the Royal Court since 1973.

Between 1977 and 2001, Prince Turki was the director general of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID).

In October 2002, Prince Turki became the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK and Ireland. In 2005 he took up an ambassadorial role in the US, a position he held until his retirement in 2007.

He received an honorary Ph.D. in Law from the University of Ulster in Ireland in 2010, and another honorary Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Hankuk in Korea in 2011. He is a visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University.

Prince Turki holds a bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he studied alongside former US President Bill Clinton.

He also studied at Princeton, University of Cambridge, and the University of London, where he attended courses in Islamic law and jurisprudence.

Prince Turki recently received one of Afghanistan’s highest honors — the Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan medal — for his work in support of Afghan independence.

Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammad Qayoumi and the country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sayed Jalal Karim, made the presentation at a ceremony in the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Hall on Monday, which included a video message from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulating Prince Turki on his medal.

“The Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan medal is a symbol of honor and admiration awarded to exceptional personalities to acknowledge their remarkable efforts on behalf of Afghanistan,” Ghani said.

Prince Turki thanked the Afghan leader for the award, and expressed his desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan.


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.