December 12, 2019
Middle East

FaceOf: Abdul Aziz Al-Awaisheq, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the GCC

Fri, 2018-06-08 20:05

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdul Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg met the British Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia Richard Wildash in Riyadh at the GCC headquarters on Thursday.

The two parties discussed the partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia in 2016 at the British Gulf Summit, going over phases of implementation and the advances achieved.

Aluwaisheg explained the importance of the strategic partnerships between them, and that Saudi Arabia wishes to fortify these relations.

Aluwaisheg was appointed as assistant secretary-general in November 2011, responsible for coordinating the GCCs foreign policy in regional and international matters.

He is also in charge of overseeing the GCCs relations with the outside world by implementing conventions and programs, as well as strategic cooperation, international and regional partnerships, economic negotiations and organizational cooperation.

He studied economics at New York University, law at Columbia University and political economy at the New School in New York, providing him with the grounding needed to handle his roles at the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Aluwaisheg worked as economist specialist at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the UN in New York for 18 years.

He also served as the director of the Department of Economic Integration and Studies at the General Secretariat of the GCC from 1999 to 2009, and then as director general of International Economic Relations from 2009 to 2011.

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