Alawi in Radio Sawa’s top 10 Arab leaders of 2013


Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs

Muscat: Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, is on Radio Sawa's list of top ten most influential leaders of the Arab world who played crucial role in some of the far reaching developments in the region during 2013.

Radio Sawa, a popular Arabic language news broadcaster, is operated by the Middle East Broadcasting Network (MBN). The MBN is financed by a grant from the Broadcasting Board.

The list also includes Gen Abdul Fattah Al Sisi, Egyptian military chief, Mohammad Badie, chief of the Muslim Brotherhood, Nuri Al Maliki, Iraqi prime minister, Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Abdul Ilah Benkiran, Morocco's prime minister, Hussain Al Abbasi, secretary general of Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Ammar Sadani, secretary general of National Liberation Front (FLN) of Algeria, Masood Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan region, Adel Fakieh, Saudi Labour Minister.

About Adel Fakieh, Radio Sawa said that he played crucial economic and social role by reforming the job market in 2013 in Saudi Arabia. As a result of the introduction of his policies, hundreds of thousands of expatriate workers who were living in his country illegally were deported. He has continued the policy of 'Saudisation' of jobs.

The broadcaster said that Prince Saud Al Faisal is the longest serving foreign minister of the world and has been heading Saudi diplomatic activities since 1975. In 2013, his role in diplomacy became much more proactive, particularly in the area of Syrian internal conflict, Iranian nuclear programme and the move towards  establishing a Gulf union.

In 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood, under the leadership of Mohammad Badie, captured the presidency and the parliament of Egypt, but was soon to be ousted politically and declared a terrorist group.

The Brotherhood entered into conflict with the new establishment. Hundreds of its activists were killed in Rabia Al Adawia and Al Nahda squares. But the group remained significant, locally and regionally, said Radio Sawa.

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