Khalid bin Salman Al Saud
Early life and education
Khalid bin Salman was born in 1988.
He is the son of King Salman
and his third spouse, Fahda bint Falah Al Hithalayn.
Prince Khalid earned a bachelor's degree in Aviation Sciences from King Faisal Air Academy
, and continued his education in the United States
. He obtained a certificate from Harvard University
in their Senior Executives in National and International Security program. He also studied Advanced Electronic Warfare in Paris, France. Prince Khalid was enrolled in Georgetown University
to pursue his higher education in the University's Master of Arts in Security Studies program. Due to various official duties and tasks, his studies were postponed prior to his appointment as ambassador to the United States.
After graduating from the King Faisal Air Academy, Prince Khalid joined the Royal Saudi Air Force. He commenced his aviation career by flying T-6 Texan and T-38 aircraft at Columbus Air Force Base
in Mississippi. He then started flying F-15 S and was also appointed as a Tactical Intelligence Officer in addition to his duties as an F-15 S pilot with the 92nd Squadron of the RSAF 3rd Wing at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran.
Prince Khalid has accumulated nearly 1,000 flying hours and carried out air missions against the Salafi jihadist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
within the International Coalition
's efforts. He also participated in Operation Decisive Storm
and Operation Restoring Hope by flying missions over Yemen.
Prince Khalid was awarded medals including: South Shield Medal, the Battle Medal, the Excellence Medal, and the Abdullah's Sword Medal.
Prince Khalid has trained extensively with the American Armed Forces both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia, including his training at Nellis Air Force Base
in Nevada. A back injury prohibited Prince Khalid from flying, and he worked as an officer at the office of the Minister of Defense.
Upon completion of his military career, he was appointed as a Senior Civilian Advisor at the Ministry of Defense. By late 2016, Prince Khalid moved to the United States where he worked as an Advisor at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington. In April, 2017 Prince Khalid became the tenth Saudi Ambassador to the United States since 1945.
Saudi Ambassador to the US Khalid bin Salman greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
in Riyadh, 28 April 2018. Behind them is Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir
Following his appointment as Ambassador to the United States in April 2017, Prince Khalid has focused on strengthening Saudi–U.S. bilateral relations.
In August and September 2017, Prince Khalid undertook his first multi-state tour of the United States, visiting Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Houston, and St. Louis to underline his commitment to reaching out beyond the beltway and strengthening the Saudi–U.S. relationship in all areas.
In March 2018, Prince Khalid appeared on CNN in discussion with Wolf Blitzer
to preview Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's trip to the United States. In the interview, he asserted: "We will continue to work with our allies in the United States and in the world to increase our economic cooperation, to increase our security cooperation and to serve our mutual interests and face our mutual threats."
Prince Khalid authored a column in the Washington Post
, published on 19 March 2018, that outlined the ways in which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is embracing change, and how the Saudi–U.S. relationship can be strengthened as a result of this transformation.
As part of the seven-city tour around the United States, Prince Khalid joined Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to meet with a number of American political, economic and social leaders in Washington, Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.
Prince Khalid attended meetings with President Donald Trump, members of the administration and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle.
On the economic side, Prince Khalid joined the crown prince in meeting with entertainment and development leaders, discussing potential collaboration with executives from Warner Bros., Disney and Magic Leap.
The Ambassador also joined a tour of Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley, exploring different avenues of cooperation between both sides.
Prince Khalid is very close to his elder brother Mohammed and is also cited as a potential heir to him, when the latter becomes King.
, a journalist, visited the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul
on Tuesday, 2 October 2018, and was murdered within minutes. The following Monday, 8 October, Khalid bin Salman denied that the Saudis had detained or killed Khashoggi.[better source needed]
According to a leaked CIA
assessment, whose details were reported by several news outlets, including the Washington Post, Prince Khalid had instructed Khashoggi to go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up the papers he needed, assuring him that it would be safe to do so.
Prince Khalid stressed that what the US newspaper, The Washington Post reported on his contact with Jamal Khashoggi
before his death or his suggestion to him to go to Turkey for any reason "is not true. He said in a tweet: “Unfortunately, the Washington Post did not print our full response. This is a serious accusation and should not be left to anonymous sources. Our full response was the following: The Ambassador met Jamal once in late September 2017 in person for a cordial discussion, and they communicated via text after the meeting, the last message sent by the Ambassador to him was on 26 of October 2017. At no time did Prince Khalid discuss anything related to going to Turkey with Jamal. Amb Prince Khalid bin Salman has never had any phone conversations with him. You are welcome to check the phone records and cell phone content to corroborate this in which case, you would have to request it from Turkish authorities; as our Public Prosecutor have numerous times to no avail. The claims in this purported assessment is false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.”
In February 2019, Khalid was appointed deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia and Reema bint Bandar Al Saud
was named the new Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
Ancestry of Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
17. Sarah bint Mishari bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al Saud
18. Ahmed Al Kabir bin Mohammed bin Turki Al Sudairi
9. Sarah bint Ahmed Al Kabir bin Mohammed Al Sudairi
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