Saudi Arabia has appointed a woman as a commercial attaché for the first time in the history of the oil-rich kingdom.
Samar Bint Mazin Saleh was named as a commercial attaché at the Saudi Commercial Attache's office in the Japan's capital, Tokyo, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment.
"This step is part of the ministry's policy to empower women," the ministry said.
Samar holds a master's degree in journalism and international media from City University in London.
She had previously worked as in-charge for developing trade exchange at the Commercial Attache's Office in the Saudi Embassy in Italy.
Saudi Arabia has recently introduced a number of reforms, including allowing women to drive and enter sport stadium.