Riyadh: Saudi has named two women to represent the country in major positions of government.
Amal Al Moallimi was named its Ambassador to Norway, the second Saudi woman to reach the prestigious post of country ambassador after Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud was named Saudi ambassador to the US.
The country also appointed Hanan Al-Ahmadi as assistant speaker of the Shura Council, making her the first woman to hold this position in the Kingdom.
The appointment was made after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued a Royal Order, elevating Ms Al-Ahmadi to the third-highest position of the Shura Council and making her the first Saudi Arabian woman to serve in a leadership position in the state body.
The decision showed the Saudi leadership’s keenness to boost women’s role in the decision-making process, she said.
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also observed on Tuesday as 11 new Saudi ambassadors took their oaths of office during a virtual ceremony.
They were the Kingdom’s envoy in Greece Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Ammar, Azzam Al-Qain (Spain); Abdulaziz Al-Saqr (Tunisia); Abdulkhaliq bin Rashid bin Rafiah (Hungary); Amaal Al-Mouallami (Norway); Ziyad Al-Attiyah (Netherlands); Faisal Al-Ghamdi (Nigeria); Haitham Al-Maliki (Mexico); Osama Al-Ahmadi (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Jamal Al-Madani (Uganda); and Mutrik Al-Ajaleen (the Maldives).
In addition, Saleh Al-Suhaibani took his oath as the permanent Saudi representative to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.