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Saudi Arabia has appointed its first female ambassador to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, with King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister with the US after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud, a daughter of the kingdom's longtime ambassador to Washington Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, faces a strong challenge in improving the image of Saudi Arabia in the US.

She replaces Prince Khalid bin Salman Al-Saud, a son of King Salman and a former fighter pilot who was insisted after Khashoggi's disappearance on October 2, Washington Post columnist simply left the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Instead, members of the entourage of his brother, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman assassinated and dismissed Khashoggi inside the diplomatic post, in what Saudi Arabian authorities said was a rogue operation.

They need good PR, frankly. But make no mistake, she is very successful, eloquent and is deserving of the job.

Bessma Momani, University of Waterloo

The Post, citing unnamed sources in November, so reported that Prince Khalid had with Khashoggi, in which he allegedly told the writer he would be safe going

Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at the direction of the crown prince.

'PR exercise'

Princess Reema, who studied in the US and is known in the United Kingdom for her philanthropic work, lived in the United States as her father served as the Saudi ambassador there for more than 20 years. Her father also serves as the head of the country's intelligence service.

"Princess Reema wrote on Twitter." I want to save work with God's permission to serve my country, its leaders and all its children after their appointment.

Bessma Momani, professor of political science at Canada's University of Waterloo, told Al Jazeera that the book was about to be improved.

"The way Saudis in the United States was in Yemen and other policies in Washington and Beyond , "Momani said.

" [Princess Reema] understands the culture, knows how to be a valuable interlocutor, all of the qualities that you would like in a diplomat, especially in a post like the United States.

"But of course, I think there are many people who want to see this totally for a PR exercise … they need good PR, frankly. Muhammad said.

Prince Khalid returns to Riyadh as a Defense Minister, Crown Prince Mohammed has held the position of Defense Minister even after becoming the

His name comes as Saudi Arabia remains mired in its years-long war in Yemen, which has straightened US relations to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has faced growing Western criticism over its air raids hitting markets and clinics, killing civilians.

US legislators are increasingly pushing to withdraw US support for the conflict, which pits the kingdom and its allies against the Houthi rebels that hold Sanaa, the capital of the Arab world's poorest nation.

Another royal decree from King Salman granted a month's salary as a bonus to Saudi soldiers defending the kingdom's southern border with Yemen, where the Houthis have launched a series of bloody attacks.

SOURCE:
             Al Jazeera and news agencies

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