RIYADH: Former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has died just two months after he was replaced following 40 years in the job, Saudi media reported.
Prince Saud, appointed in 1975, was the world’s longest serving foreign minister when he was replaced on April.
Faisal served under four Saudi kings, advancing the Kingdom’s foreign policy especially after the attacks of 9-11, 2001 in the United States.
He was also part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to lessen Iran’s influence in the region, including the continuing conflict in Syria, where Saudi Arabia has been supporting several rebel groups.
As the foreign minister of an important political and economic US ally in the region, Faisal is reported to have been well liked and respected in diplomatic circles.