Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Prince Salman named new Saudi defense minister – State TV | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page

London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has appointed Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s new defense minister.

A royal decree issued on 5/11/2011 and read out on state television announced the appointment of Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz as Saudi Minister of Defense, following the death of his elder brother Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who held the position for five decades.

The Saudi Press Agency issued the following statement:

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, today issued a royal decree relieving Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of his post as Governor of Riyadh Region and appointing him as Minister of Defense. On the other hand, the Royal decree also appointed Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz as Deputy Minister of Defense at the rank of Minister.”

This was just one of the royal decrees issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz on Saturday. Other decrees included the renaming of the “Ministry of Defense, Aviation and General Inspection” as the “Ministry of Defense”, and the appointment of Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as Governor of Riyadh Region, succeeding the newly appointed Saudi Defense Minister, Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz.