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Updated on: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 11:19 PM IST

Saudi Arabia appoints Faisal-bin-Farhan as new Foreign Minister

Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud as new foreign ministe | AFP Photo

Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud as new foreign ministe | AFP Photo

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has appointed a new foreign minister with experience in Western capitals and loyalty to the powerful crown prince, in what observers say is a generational shift being driven by the young ruler.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan a one-time adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and currently ambassador to Germany will replace Ibrahim al-Assaf who was in the role for less than a year.

Assaf, who was appointed in the aftermath of the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, was demoted to minister of state.

The new minister has "really strong ties with traditional Saudi allies", said Cinzia Bianco, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Published on: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 11:19 PM IST
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