H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani is a Bahraini engineer and retired lieutenant general. He is the current Bahraini Minister for Foreign Affairs, having formerly been the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from 1 April 2011 to February 2020. He was the fifth GCC secretary-general and the first with military background since the GCC established.

In January 2020, he was named as Bahrain's foreign minister, replacing Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

Early life and education
Zayani was born on 15 April 1954 in Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain. He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. He is also a graduate of the aeronautical engineering program, Perth Scotland (1978). He received a master's degree in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, in 1980. He also received a Ph.D. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1986. He attended command and general staff courses in Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1988 and received the sword of honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army. Later, he attended leaders in the development program at Harvard University in 2008.

Zayani had work experience in Bahraini defense forces, in ministerial posts as well as in university. He became a commissioned officer in the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973. His career at the Bahraini defense forces ended on 2 June 2004. Then he began to serve as the chief of public security as a major general at the interior ministry in 2004. He promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in 2010. Next, he was appointed adviser to the minister of foreign affairs in the rank of the minister on 10 June 2010. He also worked as a lecturer at Arabian Gulf University, and as a mathematics and statistics professor at the University of Maryland in Bahrain, and as a quantitative methods professor at the University of Bahrain.

On 1 April 2011, Zayani was appointed secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Initially, Bahrain nominated another candidate, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Mutawa, for the post. However, due to Qatar's strong objection to him, Zayani was later nominated by Bahrain for the post in May 2010. Zayani replaced Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah in the post. His term is due ended on 31 March 2020.

On 15 September 2020, Zayani signed the official Bahrain–Israel normalization agreement in a signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C


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