Waleed Al-Khuraiji, Saudi deputy foreign minister

Waleed Al-Khuraiji
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Updated 19 July 2020

Waleed Al-Khuraiji, Saudi deputy foreign minister

Waleed Al-Khuraiji was appointed as Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister on Wednesday.

Al-Khuraiji served as the Saudi ambassador to Turkey between 2017 and 2020, and agriculture minister between 2014 and 2015.

He was also the Saudi envoy to the Netherlands and the permanent representative of the Kingdom to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons between 2002 and 2009.

Al-Khuraiji was the Kingdom’s delegate to the UN World Food Programme between 1990 and 1994, and was the assistant permanent representative of the Kingdom to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization between 1989 and 1990.

He was the Kingdom’s representative at the International Grain Council and the vice president of the council for the 2013-2014 session.

Al-Khuraiji held several other positions in the International Fund for Agricultural Development, including executive director and alternate governor of the Kingdom between 1990 and 1994. He was the Saudi representative to the International Criminal Court in 2004.

He was also a Shoura Council member between 2015 and 2016.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami in 1982.

Al-Khuraiji expressed his thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their trust following his appointment as deputy foreign minister.

Al-Khuraiji said that this trust will enhance his efforts in serving his leadership and country. He added that Saudi diplomacy led by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan works with energy, sincerity and confidence to achieve the aspirations of the leadership.


Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Updated 12 August 2020

Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general.
Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies.
She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk.
She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor.
She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk.
Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity.
She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.