World Middle East 25 Feb 2019 US gets 1st Saudi wo ...

US gets 1st Saudi woman envoy

AFP
Published Feb 25, 2019, 1:45 am IST
Updated Feb 25, 2019, 1:45 am IST
Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman.
Rima bint Bandar
 Rima bint Bandar

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Saturday named a princess as its first woman ambassador to the US, a key appointment as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khas-hoggi’s murder tests relations between the allies.

Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media.

 

The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to quell an international outcry over Khashoggi’s murder last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which strained relations with its key ally Washington. Princess Rima faces hostile US lawmakers who threatened tough action against Saudi Arabia over the brutal killing.

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