Saudi Arabia’s newly elected foreign minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf has mnade an attempt to clear and improve the image of kingdom after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and rejected the rumors of crisis in the country.
“The issue of Jamal Khashoggi… really saddened us, all of us,” Ibrahim Al-Assaf told AFP, a day after he was appointed foreign minister in a government reshuffle. “But all in all, we are not going through a crisis, we are going through a transformation,” he added, referring to social and economic reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“I wouldn’t say ‘repair’ because the relationship between my country and a vast majority of countries in the world is in excellent shape.” “This is far from the truth,” Assaf said about Al Jubeir. “Adel represented Saudi Arabia and will continue to represent Saudi Arabia… around the world. We complement each other.” While responding to a question that Al-Jubeir was demoted, he said: “This is far from the truth. Adel represented Saudi Arabia and will continue to represent Saudi Arabia… around the world. We complement each other.”
Saudi King Salman bin Addul Aziz ordered the first major reshuffle and shakeup in the cabinet since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul nearly three months ago. According to the royal decree, the portfolios of several ministers have been changed and Al-Assaf replaced Adel Al-Jubeir as foreign minister in the sweeping government shake-up ordered by King Salman.
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17 November, 2019