Saudi Arabia named Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan its new ambassador to america on Tuesday, making her the primary lady to carry the title.
She was sworn in by King Salman Al Saud in Al Yamamah palace — a historic second for a rustic recognized to oppress girls’s rights.
“Because the first-ever lady ambassador from the Kingdom, I acknowledge this as a historic second within the Saudi-U.S. relationship, and a manifestation of the sweeping reforms happening within the Kingdom,” the newly minted official stated, in line with a press launch from the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
H.R.H. Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, Vice-President for Growth and Planning, Saudi Arabian Basic Sports activities Authority, Saudi Arabia through the Session “Constructing Saudi Arabia’s Future Economic system ” on the Annual Assembly 2018 of the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, January 25, 2018. (World Financial Discussion board / Boris Baldinger)
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“As we proceed to redefine and modernize Saudi Arabia, I’m desperate to share this progress with Saudi residents in america, and the American public.”
The brand new ambassador beforehand served as vice chairman for improvement and planning on the Saudi Arabian Basic Sports activities Authority; earlier than becoming a member of the Saudi authorities, she was CEO of Alpha Worldwide, a number one retail company based mostly in Saudi Arabia, for a number of years.
“Although the duty is difficult, I’m desperate to proceed to construct and strengthen our strategic partnership with america,” she stated of her new function.
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Saudi Arabia claims it has been working laborious to reform the nation and is pushing to advertise itself as tolerant. The federal government not too long ago lifted a ban on girls driving and allowed them into sports activities arenas.
Nevertheless, latest stories of an American trainer who lived in Saudi Arabia along with her now-former husband and is being held captive due to the nation’s draconian guardianship legal guidelines, undermine these advances.
Fox Information’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.