RIYADH — Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Interior, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for appointing him in his new position. In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Prince Ahmed said he “greatly valued the confidence and trust the King bestowed on him.”
Prince Ahmed, who was appointed the Minister of the Interior by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Monday, was born in Riyadh in 1942.
After his primary education at the Princes School during the life of his father, the late King Abdul Aziz, the young prince joined Anjal Institute in Riyadh, established by King Saud. He graduated from the institute in 1961 (1381AH) after completing his elementary, intermediate and secondary education.
At the end of 1961, Prince Ahmed traveled to the United States for higher studies. He took courses in English language and some science subjects at the University of Southern California (USC) before moving to the University of Redlands in southern California, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1968. He was also awarded a doctorate in humanities from the University of Redlands, on July 26, 1999, in recognition of his efforts in the field of his work during his studies at the university.
After graduation, Prince Ahmed started his career in business. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the National Gypsum Company in 1969-1970. In 1971, a royal order was issued appointing him undersecretary of the Makkah governorate.
Prince Ahmed was the first official who mooted the idea of carrying out field studies to improve Haj services. Upon his proposal to the Minister of Interior, a royal order was issued to form a joint committee of comprising representatives of the ministries concerned with Haj. Prince Ahmed continued to support the project until his efforts culminated in the establishment of the Haj Research Center.
During his stint at the Makkah governorate, Prince Ahmed chaired the region’s Planning Committee, and participated in the Haj Sub-Committee.
In 1975 (1395AH), Prince Ahmed was appointed Deputy Minister of Interior and since then, under the supervision and guidance of Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, he oversaw the organization of the ministry and development of the security forces.
He also served as Vice President of the Supreme Commission for Industrial Security and Chairman of Preparatory Committee for National Security.
Prince Ahmed has won many awards, medals and certificates of merit, the most important of them being the King Abdul Aziz Medal. — SPA