ISLAMABAD: Mr. Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki has formally assumed his duties as new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan. He replaced Marazouk Al-Zahrani. Mr. Nawaf served here earlier as Defence Attache of Saudi Arabia and recently elevated to the rank of the Rear Admiral. He was decorated by the Royal Navy before his calling it a day. He belongs to Royal Saudi Navy and viewed as capable officer. He has sought retirement from the Navy for assuming the diplomatic assignment in Pakistan. He is quite familiar with the situation in Pakistan and was very popular with the people here due to his courteousness and polite disposition.
Interestingly, Pakistan’s new ambassador to Saudi Arabia Admiral Hisham bin Siddique Khan is also from Navy and took over in Riyadh last month vice Manzoor Ahmad Khan, who has also attained superannuation.
The new Saudi envoy played an important role in strengthening ties of the two brotherly countries in his previous capacity. Diplomatic observers are hopeful that his appointment will greatly help in further improvement of the relations.