Ahmed Ab­dul Aziz Kat­tan

Arab News - - Radar -

Ahmed Ab­dul Aziz Kat­tan has been the minister of state for African af­fairs since Feb. 26, 2018 and the dean of the Arab diplo­matic corps since 2013.

On Thurs­day, Kat­tan headed the Saudi del­e­ga­tion at the donor co­or­di­na­tion con­fer­ence to fi­nance the Pri­or­ity In­vest­ment Pro­gramme (PIP) of the Group of Five Sa­hel coun­tries (G5 Sa­hel) for 2019-2021 in the Mau­ri­ta­nian cap­i­tal Nouak­chott.

The King­dom’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­fer­ence un­der­scores its role in pro­mot­ing de­vel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity and its keen­ness to sup­port ef­forts to com­bat ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism in the Sa­hel re­gion.

Kat­tan has been the King­dom’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Arab League since 2005.

He was am­bas­sador to

Egypt be­tween 2011 and 2018, re­ceiv­ing his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nomics and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Cairo Univer­sity in 1978.

Kat­tan joined the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in 1978, and went to the Saudi Em­bassy in Lon­don in 1982.

He was at the Saudi Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. be­tween

1984 and 2005, be­com­ing deputy to Prince Ban­dar bin Sul­tan bin Ab­dul Aziz in Wash­ing­ton be­tween 2002 and 2005.

He served as Saudi’s per­ma­nent observer to the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States be­tween 1996 and 2005. He par­tic­i­pated in UN ses­sions in New York from 1984 to 2005, and in Arab League sum­mits from 2005.

He was the deputy pres­i­dent of the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee of the United Nations Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 2009, on the oc­ca­sion of In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple.

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