Dr. Ahmed Al-Aqeel, Saudi Shoura Council member

Dr. Ahmed Al-Aqeel
Updated 06 December 2019

Dr. Ahmed Al-Aqeel, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He completed his Ph.D. in Islamic history, archaeology and Islamic inscriptions at Durham University in the UK
  • Al-Aqeel was born in 1943

Dr. Ahmed Al-Aqeel, a Shoura Council member, was born in 1943. 

He completed his Ph.D. in Islamic history, archaeology and Islamic inscriptions at Durham University in the UK, receiving his professorship in 1992.

Al-Aqeel worked as a faculty member at King Saud University’s history department, and later worked at the archaeology department. 

He was director of the research center at KSU’s arts faculty from 1985 to 1988.

He has been an adviser to several ministries and government departments, and is a member of a number of councils of scientific bodies. 

As a professor, Al-Aqeel has taken part in conferences, seminars, lectures and meetings inside and outside the Kingdom.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.