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5-06-2012 - Arab News

Ambassadors must not fail Saudis abroad

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday urged Saudi ambassadors to take care of Saudi nationals in foreign countries and not close doors of their offices in front of them.

The king made this comment during a sworn-in ceremony for the newly appointed ambassadors Hisham Al-Qahtani (Brazil), Adnan Al-Mandeel (Gabon) and Saeed Al-Jomaie (Cuba) at Al-Salam Palace.

King Abdullah congratulated the ambassadors on their new appointment and urged them to convey his greetings to leaders of countries where they have been appointed. "First of all you should have a feeling that you represent Saudi Arabia and its people," the king told the envoys.

"I am proud to say that I'm a servant of Saudi people. We have heard reports that some ambassadors do not open their doors to Saudis. We have appointed you only to serve the Saudis and protect the interest of your country and religion," he added.

The ambassadors thanked the king for his directives and said they would follow them without failure. Defense Minister Prince Salman and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal attended the ceremony.


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