Female 2020 candidates take aim at Saudi Arabia over women’s rights
Princess Reema bint Bandar has yet to assume her role as Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States, but she’s already getting an earful from several 2020 candidates.
All four female presidential candidates in the Senate joined 14 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Princess Reema rebuking Riyadh over its record on women’s rights. The White House hopefuls who signed onto the letter are Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
“As women in the United States Senate, we believe we must raise the issue of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia,” the 18 female senators wrote in the letter. “In order to improve our relationship, the kingdom should abolish the male guardianship system and end its crackdown on women’s rights activists.”
The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also calls on Riyadh “to end its mistreatment of women’s rights activists,” calling for their release and an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and torture against the detainees. Feinstein publicly released the letter on Monday.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz appointed Princess Reema as ambassador to Washington earlier this year after his former envoy, Prince Khalid bin Salman, returned home in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
- Bryant Harris