Veteran Saudi ambassador in U.S. resigns

July 20, 2005 at 7:46 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 20 (UPI) -- Saudi King Fahd accepted the resignation of Saudi ambassador in Washington Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz who served in the post for more than 20 years.

An official source at the foreign ministry said Wednesday Bandar expressed his wish to be relieved from his responsibilities earlier this month.

"After all these long years of devoted service as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, which exceeded 20 years, Prince Bandar solicited King Fahd to be released from his post for personal reasons," the source said.

He said the king appointed Prince Turki al-Faisal, the current ambassador to Britain, to replace Bandar.

The source did not say what prompted Bandar to resign.

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