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King Salman's brother and former Saudi spymaster dies at 83

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Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (file photo)

Prince Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi King Salman’s elder brother and his special advisor, has died at the age of 83.

Nawaf, the 22nd son of King Abdulaziz, passed away late on Tuesday, the official Saudi Press Agency cited a statement released by the Saudi Royal Court as saying.

Born in 1932, Nawaf briefly served as the chief of the Royal Court in 1961 and was the finance minister for two years during King Saud’s reign. He then worked as King Faisal’s advisor for Persian Gulf affairs from 1968 to 1975.

Nawaf did not hold any official position from 1975 to 2001.

In September 2001, he became the country’s intelligence agency chief and his tenure lasted until his resignation in January 2005 due to health concerns. He was then appointed by King Fahd as his special advisor, a post which he served for about seven months till Fahd’s death in August 2005.

He then served as King Abdullah’s special advisor till the king’s death in 2015, a post which he also kept during King Salman’s reign.

In 2002, Nawaf was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and underwent a surgery, though he did not make a full recovery. He was confined to a wheelchair during the past few years.

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