King Salman reshuffle cabinet, appoints new Foreign Minister

BYYasir Rehman

Saudi Arabia¥s State Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf arrives at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017. - Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Saudi Arabia on Thursday in a major cabinet reshuffle demoted Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and appointed former finance minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arab News quoted royal decree.

Assaf previously served as finance minister for two decades until 2016.

In sweeping Cabinet reshuffle, King Salman Abdullah has appointed Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as the Minister of National Guard replacing Prince Miteb bin Abdullah whereas Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Ghofeily has been relieved as National Guard advisor.

General Khaled Al-Harbi has been appointed as Public Security chief in place of Saud bin Abdul Aziz Hilal. Musaed Al-Aiban was named as new National Security Advisor.

General Khalid was serving as the commander of Special Emergency Forces and commander of the Hajj Security Forces since July 2017.

Saudi Arabia has established a new entity the Saudi Aerospace Commission and Prince Sultan bin Salman would be new head of the commission.

King Salman also removed Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom’s ambassador in London from his post.
According to the Royal decree, Turki bin Talal replaced Faisal bin Khaled as the governer of the Asir region.

Prince Badr bin Sultan was relieved of his post and replaced by Prince Faisal bin Nawaf as the governor of Al-Jouf region.

Mansour bin Mohammad bin Saad Al Saud was appointed as Hafr Al-Batin’s governor. Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed as Deputy Governor of the Makkah Region.