Published in Arabian Business on July 9th, 2019, By Gavin Gibbon
Newly appointed ambassador looking forward to ‘strengthening and solidifying’ Saudi-US partnership
Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has met with US President Donald Trump.
Princess Reema presented a copy of her credentials to Trump at a meeting in the White House.
She later tweeted: “Presented credentials today at the White House. Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the historic Saudi-US partnership.”
Princess Reema is the 11th Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America since 1945, and the first Saudi woman to hold the post.
Following the meeting, the Saudi Embassy US tweeted: “HRH started that the Saudi-US partnership is essential to the interests of both countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels.”
Princess Reema previously served as the deputy of planning and development for the Saudi General Sports Authority and as the authority’s vice president of women’s affairs.
In these roles, she developed policies and programs to benefit women and children throughout Saudi Arabia.
She also served as president of the Mass Participation Federation and was the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the kingdom.
Princess Reema has dedicated her career to bettering the lives of Saudi women. Before entering the public service, she focused in the private sector on creating opportunities for women in the workplace. Among her initiatives was the establishment of the kingdom’s first onsite nursery in a retail venue for employees.
She also is a founding member of the Zahra Breast Cancer Awareness Association and Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women. She advocates for financial literacy through her role as a member of the World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
From 1983 to 2005, Princess Reema lived in Washington while her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, served as Saudi Ambassador to the United States. She attended George Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies.