Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz yesterday relieved Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, upon his own request, from his post as Chief of General Intelligence, and appointed Prince Nawaf bin Abdulaziz as his replacement, at the rank of Minister, with immediate effect.
Prince Nawaf has a wealth of experience in a variety of spheres. Following a traditional education in the Kingdom culminating in a university degree in Islamic civilization, he went on to complete post-graduate studies in the United States. At an early age, he was named by his father, founder of the modern Kingdom King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, as Commander of the National Guard. During the reign of King Saud bin Abdulaziz he served as Chief of the Royal Court and later Minister of Finance. Subsequently, he was delegated by King Faisal bin Abdulaziz to participate in meetings such as the summits of the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Prince Nawaf is therefore fully cognizant of the Kingdom's systems as well as of international policy and law. He is in particular an expert in Middle East affairs. In 1968, following the evacuation of the British forces from the Arabian Gulf, King Faisal named him as special advisor, and he is renowned for his efforts in consolidating the seven small emirates that existed at that time into the present single state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has traveled widely in the service of the Saudi government as its official spokesman and special envoy, contributing positively to the settlement of numerous disputes not only in the Middle East, but in Africa, and in the four corners of the world. His contribution to strengthening the Kingdom's relations with other states is widely respected. He has also helped establish industrial projects both inside and outside the Kingdom that serve the Arab economy. One of the founders and most important shareholders of the Saudi-New Zealand Bank, he owns investment projects in tourism and real estate, and is one of the pioneers in the field of industrial applications of solar energy. In respect of the latter, he has extended moral and material support to the University of Sydney in Australia to enable it to conduct solar research.
As part of his dedication to the service of Arab, Islamic and international causes, he has been assigned to lead Saudi delegations to Argentina and Japan as well as a number of Arab countries, and has accompanied Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on his official trips overseas.