Saudi foreign ministry appoints first woman as director-general

Yankasar will hold the position of director-general of the general department of cultural affairs. (Supplied)
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Updated 25 August 2020

Saudi foreign ministry appoints first woman as director-general

  • She will hold the position of director-general of the general department of cultural affairs

RIYAHD: The Saudi foreign ministry has appointed Ahlam bint Abdulrahman Yankasar as the first woman to serve as a director-general in the ministry.
She will hold the position of director-general of the general department of cultural affairs. 
Yankasar previously worked as part of the team at the office of the deputy minister of foreign for political and economic affairs.
She was deputy head of the economic and cultural section of the Saudi embassy in London and served as an official in charge of the economic and cultural file in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs North America Department.
Yankasar also worked as a diplomatic coordinator at the general secretariat of the Saudi ambassadors’ committee in Europe.
She delivered the Kingdom’s speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly during the general debate on women’s advancement.
She hold a master’s degree in international business administration from the University of London.


Royal Saudi Navy receives French fast interceptor vessels

Updated 25 min 14 sec ago

Royal Saudi Navy receives French fast interceptor vessels

  • Adm. Fahad Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, received the HS132 vessels
  • The HS132 is considered among the most advanced type of fast interceptor vessel in the world

DAMMAM: The Royal Saudi Navy on Sunday received the second and third batch of fast interceptor vessels from French firm CMN Group, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The delivery is part of a joint cooperation initiative in military manufacturing between Saudi Arabia and France.
Adm. Fahad Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, received the HS132 vessels in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. 
The agreement provides for the manufacture of HS132 vessels in France and in the Kingdom as part of a technology transfer program.
The HS132 is considered among the most advanced type of fast interceptor vessel in the world.