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Belgium becomes first country to appoint female ambassador to Saudi Arabia
December 19, 2017 | 9:43 PM
by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Belgium will send Dominique Mineur, currently the ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, to Riyadh next summer according to local news reports, making her the first woman ambassador in the kingdom.
 
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Beirut: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will get its first woman ambassador in Riyadh with the appointment of a female envoy from Belgium, according to reports in the Belgian media.

Belgium will send Dominique Mineur, currently the ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, to Riyadh next summer according to local news reports, making her the first woman ambassador in the kingdom.

The kingdom has announced a raft of reforms recently including allowing women to drive cars, trucks and ride motorcycles next year.

Mineur's appointment, in addition to reports that the European country will also send a female ambassador to Tehran, has not been officially announced by Belgium's ministry of foreign affairs.



However, in a speech in Brussels on Monday, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said the decision to appoint female envoys to places like Tehran and Riyadh, "should have been obvious."

"(It) is further evidence of the stakes of women's rights in these countries, but above all of our willingness to send the most competent people to positions that are increasingly important on the international scene," said Reynders.

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