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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Women Ambassador to the United States

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Sunday named its first female ambassador, Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, to the post of Kingdom diplomat in the United States, German News Agency DW reported Monday.
She replaces Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, son of King Salman and younger brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who returns to Riyadh to become the defense minister of the Middle East kingdom.
Princess Reema lived in the United States for 20 years, while her father, Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, was a Saudi ambassador. She studied at George Washington University before returning to Saudi Arabia.
Her appointment as ambassador comes as Saudi Arabia is moving towards women’s freedoms. Last year, the Saudi government allowed women to drive.
Princess Reema faces a daunting challenge to improving relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which has worsened after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post editorialist assassinated at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul.
However, Saudi Arabia has been a central part of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Trump hailed a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom and defended his relations with the OPEC member country after Khashoggi’s death. His administration also lobbied to build dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, a proposal that concerned several national security and ethics officials at the White House.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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