First Saudi woman appointed as deputy minister of labor and social development

Saudi Arabia's new Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Tamader bint Youssef Al Rammah. (Archive)
Updated 27 February 2018

First Saudi woman appointed as deputy minister of labor and social development

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed Tamader bin Youssef Al-Rammah as deputy minister of labor and social development, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
The appointment, made on Monday, comes as King Salman approved plans for the development of the Saudi Ministry of Defense.
The plans outline the ministry’s vision and strategy and its organizational structure, governance and human resources requirements to meet the national defense strategy.
The king also announced a raft of key civil and military appointments in a series of decrees.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.