Saudi Arabia posts a woman as envoy to Washington

     
Feb 26, 2019
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has appointed its first female ambassador in the United States. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud replaces Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, a son of King Salman and a former fighter pilot. He will come back as deputy defence minister.

The diplomatic changes follow the worsening of the ties between the two countries.

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud is a daughter of the kingdom's former ambassador to Washington Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud from 1983 to 2005.

Princess Reema, who stdied in the US and is known in the kingdom for her philanthropic work, lived in the US as her father served as the Saudi ambassador there for more than 20 years. Her father also served as the head of the country's intelligence service, according to Al Jazeera.

"I will work with God's permission to serve my country, its leaders and all its children and I will spare no effort to that end," Princess Reema wrote on Twitter after her appointment.

The two major irritants in Saudi-US relations have been the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the Yemeni crisi. There has been severe criticism in the West over Saudi air raids killing civilians.

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