King Abdullah Issues Royal Decree Making Prince Bandar Head of Intelligence
SUSTG | Lucien Zeigler | 7.19.12
Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States, was named the head of Saudi intelligence by a royal decree from King Abdullah.
Prince Bandar replaces Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, who will now serve as Advisor and Special Envoy to the King.
From the SPA:
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal order today, relieving Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz of his post as Chief of General Intelligence and appointing him as an Advisor and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the rank of Minister; in addition to appointing Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz as Chief of General Intelligence along with his current post as Secretary General of National Security Council at the rank of Minister.
The royal order urged the competent authorities to implement the order immediately.”
Prince Bandar bin Sultan served as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States in Washington from 1983 to 2005. The former fighter pilot served in the Royal Saudi Air Force before achieving a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and becoming a diplomat in 1978. King Fahd appointed him to the Ambassador post in 1983.
On August 7, 1995, Prince Bandar was promoted to the rank of Minister. During his tenure in Washington, according to his biography, Prince Bandar served as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
Prince Bandar was succeeded in 2005 by HRH Prince Turki al Faisal. Prince Turki held the post until 2007, when HE Adel Al-Jubeir, who still serves at the post today, assumed the ambassadorship.
According to his biography, as special envoy for King Fahd, Prince Bandar was “involved in cease-fire negotiations in the Lebanese civil war, and has been instrumental in resolving a number of regional and international crises, such as the Lockerbie incident in 1999. He was the Saudi delegate in the Gulf Cooperation Council mission observing the 1991 Middle East peace talks in Madrid, and has been a regular member of the Kingdom’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly since 1984. Prince Bandar has been awarded many medals and decorations, including the Hawk Flying Medal of Aviation, the King Faisal Medal, and the King Abdulaziz Sash, as well as honors from other nations.”