saudi envoys to brussels, Rome and Tunis named by arab news

“The three new ambassadors, Faisal H. Trad, Saleh Mohammed Al-Ghamdi and Khaled Musaed Al-Anqari, are veterans with exceptional records of integrity, service and achievements,” said Osama Nugali, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Riyadh on Saturday.
Trad, 55, who has been appointed as envoy to Belgium and Luxembourg, will also be head of the Kingdom’s Permanent Mission to the European Council and European Commission, said Nugali.
Speaking to Arab News by phone on Saturday, Trad, whose last posting was as head of the Saudi mission in India, said: “I am honored and overwhelmed by the continued royal confidence and trust reposed in me… this is my fourth assignment as Saudi ambassador to yet another prestigious diplomatic destination.”
He said that his priority would be to boost Saudi-Belgian ties, promote Riyadh-Luxembourg relations and to give a new fillip to the overall GCC-EU relationship.
“The proposed GCC-EU free trade agreement will top the agenda of my mission, and I hope I will be able to throw my weight to revive the free trade negotiations successfully,” said the Saudi diplomat. Trad, who had the distinction to serve in several missions including in London, will be leaving for Brussels on Sept 2.
Trad had also served as ambassador to the Arab League in Cairo from 2001 to 2004. He studied economics at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, and has held several key membership positions and posts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His appointment as the new envoy to Brussels is seen as an important assignment because of the growing EU engagement with the Gulf states including the Kingdom. Al-Ghamdi, who was ambassador to Greece and Bulgaria, has been relocated as ambassador to Italy.
Al-Ghamdi is credited with changing the dynamics of bilateral ties while he was posted in New Delhi and Athens. He can play a major role in boosting Saudi-Italian ties. Italy is a potential partner of Riyadh in many other new areas because of its strategic link to the sizable markets of Europe, its own industrial growth and its growing ties with the Kingdom. The Foreign Ministry said he would be leaving shortly for Rome.
Al-Anqari, who held a senior post at the Saudi embassy in Washington, has been appointed as ambassador to Tunisia, where the political situation is still volatile. In January, protesters in Tunisia forced long-time President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Jeddah in a popular revolt that triggered unrest across North Africa and the Middle East. The three new envoys took the oath of office in front of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah last week.

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