Saudi Embassy Spokeswoman: ‘The Kingdom is not Easternizing or Westernizing, it’s Modernizing’

Fatimah Baeshen
The first spokeswoman for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Fatimah Baeshen, said in an interview that the Kingdom is not sacrificing culture or values with its Vision 2030 economic and social reform program and that the program has "something for everyone" in Saudi Arabia.

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