Saudi appoints first woman ambassador to US

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Princess Rima Bint Bandar is a vociferous advocate of women's rights.

She had a career in the private sector before joining the kingdom's General Sports Authority where she has championed women's participation in sports and focused on increasing women's empowerment.

She has no diplomatic experience but spent several years in the United States during her youth as the daughter of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to Washington from 1983 to 2005.

Princess Reema graduated with a degree in museum studies from George Washington University while living in the U.S. during her father's 20 years as the Saudi ambassador, which ended in 2005.

The Saudi Royal is on a tour of Asia, and his visit to China follows trips to India and Pakistan, which send millions of laborers to Saudi Arabia and are seeking closer economic ties.

In December past year, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Khashoggi was assassinated and dismembered inside the country's consulate in Istanbul.

Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud speaks during the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on October 24, 2018. "Given that the defense minister is also the crown prince, that means that KBS is now effectively the Defense Minister", he said on Twitter, referring to Prince Khalid by his initials.

No leader mentioned Khashoggi. The Saudi government had initially denied it but later agreed that the killing might be a " rogue operation".

In the U.S. Congress, criticism has also been building for months over the kingdom's handling of the war in Yemen, where it is accused of causing widespread casualties and suffering among civilians.

"All countries in the world have the right to develop, and Saudi Arabia is an emerging market country with enormous potential", the ministry paraphrased Wang as saying.

Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to China's positive role in global and regional affairs and wishes to further strengthen communication and coordination with China, Mohammed added.

A cooperation agreement was also signed between the Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (Modon) with TEDA Investment Holding Tianjin to attract direct manufacturing industries in Dammam's third Industrial City with an investment worth one billion dollars.