Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن عبد العزيز آل سعود) is the Saudi deputy minister of foreign affairs, and a member of the country's royal family.

Abdulaziz bin Abdullah
bin Abdullah in London, December 2014
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office22 July 2011—present
MonarchKing Abdullah
King Salman
BornRiyadh
SpouseAbeer bint Turki bin Nasser (divorced)
Nathalie Ghassan Maamary.
IssueSadeem
Abdullah
Khalid
Lana
Full name
Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
FatherKing Abdullah
MotherAida Fustuq
ReligionWahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Early life and education

Prince Abdulaziz was born to King Abdullah,[1] in Riyadh. He is the third son of King Abdullah, and Aida Fustuq, a Lebanese woman of Palestinian descent. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1986.

Career

Abdulaziz bin Abdullah served in the Saudi Arabian National Guard for fifteen years in different positions.[2] In 1991, he was appointed as an advisor to the Crown Prince Abdullah.[2][3] Specifically, he was Syrian advisor of the Crown Prince Abdullah.[4] He was also a former state minister.[5]

King Abdullah appointed Prince Abdulaziz as deputy foreign minister on 22 July 2011.[2][6] During the Syrian civil war, Prince Abdulaziz asked Turkey to establish "nerve centre" attempting to topple Bashar Assad.[7] The center was founded in Adana in the mid-2012.[7] Prince Abdulaziz personally deals with Bashar Assad's file.[8]

He represented Saudi Arabia at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tahran from 30 to 31 August 2012, since Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud had an operation and could not attend the meeting.[9][10][11] Prince Abdulaziz met with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedinejad during his stay in Tahran.[11]

Business activities

Prince Abdulaziz is owner of Tower Lane Properties, a land development firm. It is reported that the company spent $12 million on five-and-a-quarter acres of land in the Benedict Canyon in 2009, and applied for permits to build a mansion. The project, later, was reduced to 60,000-square-foot. However, more than 1,000 residents of the area signed a petition against this project, requiring an environmental review. The Prince's lawyers filed a case against this petition.[12] Prince Abdulaziz won his lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles in late August 2012.[13]

Other activities

Abdulaziz bin Abdullah founded the Centennial Fund in July 2004 and is the chairman of the Fund.[14] The Fund is a nonprofit organization with the goal of supporting the Saudi business.[6][15] He is also one of the members of the KAUST Board of Trustees.[16][17] Delano Roosevelt, who is a grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Prince Abdulaziz jointly established the Friends of Saudi Arabia.[18] This organization seeks to foster the friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States.[6] Prince Abdulaziz is also chairman of the board of trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation.[19]

Personal life

Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah is married and has four children, three from his previous marriage to Abeer bint Turki bin Nasser, and just one from his present wife Nathalie Ghassan Maamary.

Name Lifespan Notes
Sadine Child of Abeer bint Turki bin Nasser
Abdullah Child of Abeer bint Turki bin Nasser
Khalid Child of Abeer bint Turki bin Nasser
Lana Child of Nathalie Ghassan Maamary

References

  1. "Royal Family Directory". Datarabia. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. "H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, vice minister of Foreign Affairs". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. Henderson, Simon (14 April 2011). "Outraged in Riyadh. Is the House of Saud dumping Obama?". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  5. "Member of the council of the ministers as of November 2010". Royal Embassy Washington D.C. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. "Abdul Aziz appointed deputy foreign minister". Saudi Gazette. Jeddah. 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. Regan Doherty Bakr Amena (27 July 2012). "Secret Turkish nerve center leads aid to Syria rebels". Reuters. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  8. "New Saudi spymaster marks shift in policy – Target Syria and Iran". Phantom Report. 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  9. Henderson, Simon (29 August 2012). "Fresh Concerns about Health of Saudi King". Now Lebanon. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  10. "Saudi Prince Arrives in Tehran to Attend NAM Summit". Fars News Agency. Tehran. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  11. Naqvi, Saeed (7–13 September 2012). "Non Alignment 2.0". The Friday Times. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  12. Allen, Nick (23 May 2012). "Son of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah suing Los Angeles over 'mega-mansion'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  13. Glick Kudler, Adrian (27 August 2012). "Saudi Prince Wins (First?) BHPO Megacompound Legal Victory". LA Curbed. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  14. "The Centennial Fund. Background". The Centennial Fund. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  15. "Centennial Fund awarding grants". Albawaba. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  16. "About Us". King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  17. Henderson, Simon (August 2009). "After King Abdullah" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  18. Shaikh, Habib (27 July 2008). "Friends of Saudi Arabia is breaking new grounds in US". Khaleej Times. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  19. "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany". Arab News. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
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