Issue 163 - 20 Jan 1986
The impending posting of Sir Patrick White, the current British Ambassador in Saudi Arabia to the headship of the British diplomatic service may have the Saudis regretting the loss of an able and popular ambassador. However, Saudi Arabia can find some consolation in that Wright, already notable for his outstanding abilities, was posted to Jeddah in the first place. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh could, with probable justification, take it that the original posting reflected the importance Britain attaches to her relations with Saudi Arabia, and Wright's promotion as an endorsement of the fact.

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