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Turki al-Faisal Biography

Title:
Former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom and the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The Palestinian people deserve statehood and all that it entails: official recognition, endorsement by international organizations, the ability to deal with Israel on more equal footing and the opportunity to live in peace and security. Israel should see the Palestinian bid for statehood not as a threat, but as a chance to return to the negotiating table and prevent further conflict… The 2002 Arab Peace Plan must be the starting point for negotiations; a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders is the only realistic foundation on which to restart talks, seeing as how the Oslo Peace Process has proved fruitless. The Palestinian statehood initiative is a chance to replace Oslo with a new paradigm based on state-to-state negotiations — a win-win proposition that makes the conflict more manageable and lays the groundwork for a lasting solution.”

“Veto a State, Lose an Ally,” New York Times, Sep. 11, 2011

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Deputy Minister of Culture and Information for Media Affairs (Saudi Arabia), 2011-present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, 2006-present
  • Saudi Ambassador to the United States, 2005-2006
  • Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom, 2003
  • Director General, Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah (Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency), 1977-2001
  • Commissioner in the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • Deputy Chairman of Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA)
Education:
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1968
Other:
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