New Delhi: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar as its next ambassador to the United States.  Reema bint Bandar became the first woman in the history of the kingdom to get such an international posting.

King Salman issued a royal decree appointing Princess Rima bint Bandar as Ambassador to the United States with the rank of a minister.

Reema will replace Khalid bin Salman, who has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defence with the rank of a minister.

Princess Reema has been championing the cause of women empowerment in the Kingdom strictly governed by the Islamic Sharia law where women are considered to have limited role in the society.

Before this crucial assignment, the princess used to work at the sports authority, campaigning to increase the participation of women in sports in the kingdom.

In her current role as the ambassador to the United States, Reema has a challenging task to carry on the good partnership between the Kingdom and the States at a time of strain in the tie-up post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal killing in a consulate of Saudi Arabia.

The US lawmakers have been threatening Saudi Arabia  of tough action in the wake of Khashoggi’s killing.

Reema will serve her tenure as the Ambassador to the United States amid global outcry over Khashoggi’s killing.  Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, was killed in a Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018, in Istanbul. The brutal killing was seen as an attempt to silence the critic of the kingdom.