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Saudi removes Al-Jubeir in Cabinet reshuffle

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in the desert kingdom's capital Riyadh on 15 November 2018. [Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images]
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia on 15 November 2018 [Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images]

Saudi King Salman has appointed former finance minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf as the new foreign minister in a major cabinet reshuffle which also included changes to key national security posts, state media reported today.

The reshuffle comes after the Saudi government faces intense international pressure over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Al-Assaf replaces Adel al-Jubeir, who was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

The king appointed Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz to replace Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah as chief of the National Guard, and ordered a reshuffle of Saudi Arabia's Political and Security Council.

General KHalid Bin Qirar al-Harbi was named general security chief, while Musaed al-Aiban was appointed national security adviser.

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