In a first for Saudi Arabia, a woman – and more specifically a princess – was appointed ambassador to the United States at a crucial for the bilateral relations period after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will replace Prince Halid bin Salman, the youngest brother of the mighty Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense.
She is the first woman to take such an important post in Saudi diplomacy.
Princess Reema is the daughter of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who served as an ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. Thanks to her father, Princess Reema spent part of her childhood in Washington and has studied at George Washington University.
Since 2005 when she returned to Riyad, Princess Reema has worked in the public and private sector. She is a supporter of women’s rights, and more recently she has worked in the field of Sports of the Kingdom, where she promoted women’s participation in sports.