His Excellency Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States
Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir was appointed by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz as Ambassador to the United States in January 2007.
In 1987, he was appointed to the Saudi Diplomatic Service and posted to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, where he served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador. In 1990-1991, he was part of the Saudi team that established the Joint Information Bureau at Dhahran during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was a member of the GCC delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference in October 1991, and a member of the Saudi delegation to the Multilateral Arms Control Talks in Washington, DC in 1992. In December 1992, he was dispatched with the Saudi Armed Forces to Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.
Ambassador Al-Jubeir was appointed Director of the Saudi Information and Congressional Affairs Office in Washington in 2000, and was named Foreign Affairs Advisor in the Crown Prince’s Court in that same year. In August 2005, King Abdulaziz appointed him to the position of Advisor at the Royal Court.
As ambassador, Al-Jubeir has focused on strengthening the bilateral relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States as well as on issues of counter-terrorism, regional peace and security, bilateral trade, cultural exchange and interfaith dialogue. Prior to becoming ambassador, he was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the U.S.-Saudi Strategic Dialogue, which was initiated by King Abdullah and President Bush as a means to institutionalize relations between the two nations and deepen coordination on strategic, political and economic issues.
During Ambassador Al-Jubeir’s tenure, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have signed a series of bilateral agreements in key areas including civil nuclear cooperation, enhanced security arrangements, reciprocal visa policies, health and medical services and science and technology cooperation,among others. The two countries have also established two Joint Task Forces— one to combat terrorists, another to combat terror financing.
Born in the Riyadh Province, Ambassador Al-Jubeir attended schools in the Kingdom, Germany, Yemen, Lebanon, and the United States. He obtained a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Texas in 1982, and an M.A. in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1984. He was a Visiting Diplomatic Fellow at The Council of Foreign Relations in New York, in 1994-1995. He has lectured at universities and academic institutions in the United States and appears frequently in the media. In 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of North Texas. Ambassador Al-Jubeir is fluent in Arabic, English, and German.
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