Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

In a significant diplomatic ceremony held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Iraqi Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Safia Al-Suhail, presented her credentials to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on behalf of King Salman. The event, which took place on Tuesday, underscored the formal commencement of Ambassador Al-Suhail’s diplomatic tenure in Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony served as a platform to receive the credentials of foreign ambassadors designated to Saudi Arabia. Notably, the ambassadors expressed their appreciation for the warm reception and generous hospitality extended to them during the proceedings, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Ambassador Safia Al-Suhail brings a wealth of political experience to her new role. She is a prominent Iraqi politician and the daughter of Taleb Al-Suhail, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament representing Baghdad governorate. Prior to her appointment as the Iraqi Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Al-Suhail held distinguished positions including Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to Jordan and Italy.

Born in 1965, Ambassador Al-Suhail is married to Bakhtiar Amin, a former Minister of Human Rights. She is renowned for her activism in advocating for women’s rights, particularly emphasizing the importance of integrating Iraqi women into the political landscape.

Before assuming her current position, Al-Suhail served as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until May 2023 when she commenced her diplomatic mission as Iraq’s Ambassador Extraordinary to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally received the diplomatic credentials of Ambassador Al-Suhail last June, signifying the initiation of bilateral diplomatic relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the ambassadorial level.

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