Saudi Arabia names a princess as first woman envoy to US

Saudi Arabia has named Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as the kingdom’s first woman ambassador to the United States.

The princess’ appointment comes as Saudi Arabia faces mounting criticisms from US senators over last year’s murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by he kingdom’s agents at its consulate in Turkey.

Daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Reema, 43, stood 16th in Forbes Middle East  magazine’s list of the 200 most powerful Arab women.

Princess Reema is a graduate in museology from George Washington University.

She is an advocate of women’s rights and a social campaigner who worked hard to raise awareness about breast cancer.

She is also leading efforts to boost the kingdom’s global image which got a beating because of the bombings in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

In October 2017, the princess became the first woman to lead a Saudi multi-sports federation, covering sporting activities for men and women.

She has worked as an adviser at the office of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The princess has consistently defended Salman describing his social reforms as evolution, not Westernisation.