Nizar Madani

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Nizar Madani
Dr. Nizar Bin Obaid Madani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (cropped).jpg
State Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
29 August 2005
Monarch King Abdullah
King Salman
Personal details
Born 1941 (age 76–77)
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Alma mater Cairo University
American University

Nizar bin Obaid Madani (born 1941) is the state minister for foreign affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Madani was born in Madinah in 1941.[3][4] He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science from Cairo University in 1964.[3] He earned a master’s degree in international relations at American University, Washington, D.C. in 1971.[3] He received a PhD in international relations from the same university in 1977.[3]


Madani joined the ministry of foreign affairs as an attaché in 1965 where he then proceeded to the Saudi embassy in Washington in 1968, eventually taking the position of Chargé d'affaires.[5] In 1967, he was appointed director of media affairs. Then he was posted to take charge of international affairs in 1978, and then progressed to become assist manager, office of minister of foreign affairs in 1984. He also participated in several international conferences at the United Nations and in the Arab League. He was appointed in 1993 as a member of the Consultative Council in its first session, and he was then reappointed in 1997.[6] Later, he became assistant foreign minister.[7] He was appointed minister of state for foreign affairs on 29 August 2005.[7]

He is a member of the Okaz publishing company.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Nizar Madani is married and has 4 children.


  1. ^ Karouny, Mariam; Johnson, Simon. "Iraq asks creditors to cancel crippling debts". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Visit to NATO HQ of H.E. Dr Nizar Madani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" (PDF). NATO. 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Madani's Profile". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Bahgat Korany; Ali E. Hillal Dessouki (1 January 2010). The Foreign Policies of Arab States: The Challenge of Globalization. American Univ in Cairo Press. p. 371. ISBN 978-977-416-360-9. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Saudi Arabia King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. Int'l Business Publications. 1 January 2005. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-7397-2740-9. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Saudi Minister For Foreign Affairs Madani Discusses Regional Issues". Wikileaks. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Nizar Madani appointed Minister of State". Saudi Embassy. Retrieved 28 August 2012.