Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari, former Saudi ambassador to France

Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari
Updated 12 October 2019

Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari, former Saudi ambassador to France

Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari was until recently Saudi ambassador to France, a position he held since his appointment by royal decree in 2015. 

During his tenure, he focused on promoting tourism in Saudi Arabia and developing bilateral ties, especially in higher education and research exchange. 

Born in 1952, Al-Angari was deputy minister of municipal and rural affairs between 1983 and 1984, and became minister in 1990. 

As minister of higher education between 1991 and 2010, he increased the number of government universities from seven to 34, and established hundreds of colleges nationwide. He also supervised and led the implementation of the country’s scholarship program.

Prior to that, Al-Angari was an assistant professor at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh between 1981 and 1983. 

He joined KSU soon after he received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Florida. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from Umm A-Qura University in Makkah.

On Friday, the Saudi Embassy in Paris held a farewell ceremony for Al-Angari. He thanked all the staff, and said he hopes that as the ambassador he was able to meet some of the aspirations of the Saudi leadership in preserving the Kingdom’s interests and strengthening bilateral ties. He wished the staff luck in their mission to promote and serve Saudi Arabia.


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.