JEDDAH: Veteran former Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal died on Thursday at the age of 75, two months after he stepped down following 40 years in the job, family members and a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Nawaf Al-Faisal, a relative, announced the death on Facebook, while a ministry spokesman also confirmed the death on Twitter and expressed condolences. I wish I could deny the rumor of the news of your death,” the spokesman Osama Nugali tweeted.
Prince Saud’s nephew Saud Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal also acknowledged the death. “May God accept him in paradise,” he wrote on Twitter.
Prince Saud, who was appointed in 1975, was the world’s longest serving foreign minister.
The prince, who was born in 1940, was one of the highest profile members of Saudi’s ruling elite and steered the diplomacy of the world’s leading oil exporter for four decades before stepping down in April for health reasons.
Prince Saud retained an influential position in Saudi foreign policy circles even after his replacement, serving as an official adviser to King Salman, who took power in January, and was sometimes present when foreign leaders met the monarch