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Saudi Arabia announces princess as US ambassador

February 25, 2019 5:17 am

Saudi Arabia has announced that Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud will become its next ambassador to the US – the first woman ever to take on an envoy role for the kingdom.

Her appointment was made public in a royal decree on Saturday.

Princess Reema spent part of her childhood living in Washington DC.

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She assumes the role at a difficult time, as Saudi Arabia tries to quell an international outcry over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

After giving conflicting explanations of what happened, the Kingdom eventually admitted¬†Khashoggi, who was once a Royal insider, was murdered after entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul last year.

Before his death the journalist was a columnist for the Washington Post newspaper, where he frequently criticised the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia denies that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had any involvement in his death – a claim the US intelligence community has cast doubt on.

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