Prince Saud Al-Faisal's Legacy Will Always Be Remembered
12 July 2015
By Salman Aldosary
Lucky are those who are as loved and popular as Prince Saud Al-Faisal. The
former Saudi foreign minister who passed away on Thursday enjoyed an
international reputation and his achievements will remain testaments to his
dedication and devotion to his country and people.
Prince Saud's enormous popularity in Saudi Arabia and beyond would have been
understood had his job involved direct contact with people. Prince Saud was
so popular not only in Saudi Arabia but the entire Arab world. The Saudi
people have never missed a minister so much as they have missed Prince Saud.
He was not an ordinary minister or diplomat who could be easily replaced.
During his 40 years of service, Prince Saud assumed responsibility for the
country. When Prince Saud decided to retire, the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz said to him: "We and the entire world have
grown to know you over 40 years of service moving between capitals,
explaining your country's policy, carrying its banner and defending its
principles and interests. You have sacrificed your health in the service of
your nation. You have been known for your dedication to your religion and
homeland. You have been the best ambassador to your country and its
"I will remain your faithful servant," was the prince's response.
Many ministers wish they could lead a life as remarkable as that of Prince
Saud. While many officials got distracted by the limelight, Prince Saud
continued to serve his country even in the latest stages of his illness. He
devoted his life to ensure the security of his country and people. People did
not need to call him "prince" or "minister." His name will remain engraved in
people's hearts. He never hesitated to greet journalists, and talk to them at
public events. In fact, there is a lesson to be learned from every juncture
of his life.
After Prince Saud asked to be relieved of his post in April, I requested an
extensive interview with him. But his office politely turned down my request
as the prince had to complete his medical treatment. I was so insistent that
I said I was ready to travel all the way to Los Angeles to conduct the
interview. Later I was told that I should wait until after the holy Muslim
month of Ramadan. However, fate has denied me this once-in-a-lifetime
Prince Saud has left our world but his memory will remain alive.