World View of Al-Faisal and Al-Sabah As Foreign Minsters
Saud Al-Faisal and Sabah A. Al-Sabah have
been the world’s longest serving foreign ministers. We will reflect
upon their life as a
statesman, diplomat, outstanding approach to diplomacy and diplomatic
Al-Faisal and Sabah A. Al-Sabah have
been considered as the most influential foreign ministers in the Gulf and
Middle East regions. They have championed the drive to bring stability, peace
and prosperity in the Middle East region. Other regions of the world have
benefited from their wisdom and vison. World leaders and diplomats have the utmost respect for them and their
contribution toward world affairs. They have been admired for their unique
statesmanship, great vision and positive approach to all local and international affairs. Each one of them
has his unique approach to diplomacy, political skills and impact on foreign
We will look into
their life, education and the pollical positions they held before and after becoming
Saud Al-Faisal was born in1940. He was the son of king Faisal of Saudi Arabia. He was father to six children, three boys and three girls.
He had received his BA degree in Economics from Princeton University USA, 1964.
During his life, he was appointed as, Deputy Governor of Petromin, from 1970 to
1971, Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources from 1971 to 1975 and
Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1975 until 2015.
During the last several years of his life, he faced serious health problems
including Parkinson’s Disease, and had had several spinal operations in the US.
He died is 2015.
Sabah A. Al-Sabah was born in 1929. He is the fourth
son of Sheikh Ahmad
A. Al-Sabah. He
is father to four children, three boys and one girl. He received his primary education certificate
between 1930-1940 and then finished his education under private tutors. During his life, he was appointed as, the Foreign Minister for 40 years, from 1963 to 2003, Prime Minister of Kuwait from 2003 to 2006. In 2006 became
the Emir of Kuwait until today.
We will reflect upon their political
characteristics which made them the most influential foreign ministers in the Gulf and
Middle East regions.
Saud Al-Faisal spoke
several languages fluently such English and French. He was a soft-spoken
person. He brought a sophistication and charisma to Saudi Arabia foreign
policy. He was considered as the architect of Saudi
diplomacy. He modernized the ministry of foreign affairs. He was known for his wise approach to diplomatic
Sabah A. Al-Sabah is one of most skilled mediator in the Middle
East region and around the world. He is known for compassion and his interest
for will being of people of the world. He
is known for his vision to bring reforms to the Kuwait political structure.
Impact on Foreign Policy
Both have major impact on the foreign
affairs of the Gulf and Middle East regions.
9/11 attack in which most of the hijackers were Saudi national, Saudi Al-Faisal
played a major key role in repairing the relation with the USA which was badly
damaged by the 9/11 attacks. Saud Al-Faisal helped to rally
efforts for Saudi Arabia to lead an Arab coalition to bomb Yemen’s Shiite
rebels who had taken over the capital there. He was instrumental in building
the collation during 1990 Iraqi invasion of neighboring Kuwait which led the
expel for Iraqi from Kuwait.
Sabah A. Al-Sabah played a vital role in founding the
G.C.C council. He considered to be a global humanitarian leader for the support
of disaster relief, peace efforts and advancing public health. He is a
respected regional and international mediator. He mediated in several conflicts
around the world such as the conflict between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Turkey
and Bulgaria, and for all the Gulf States and Iran. He promoted for an
international response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.
At the end, both have left a great legacy for the region in foreign affairs.
They have dedicated their life to serve the interest of their countries. They will
always be remembered and admired by Saudis, Kuwaitis and other Arabs. The
younger generation of Saudis and Kuwaitis will honor them by following some of
their vision and positive approach in getting things done and by doing so they will keep their legacy alive.