FaceOf: Gabriela Cuevas Barron, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Gabriela Cuevas Barron
Updated 10 January 2019
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FaceOf: Gabriela Cuevas Barron, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • Barron was a member of the Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law between 2014 and 2016
  • Barron regularly writes for several publications including Millenio, The Economist and Reform

Gabriela Cuevas Barron has been the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) since her election in October 2017. 

She is a Mexican politician and has been serving as a senator since September 2012.

Previously, she chaired the Foreign Relations Committee, which is responsible for the analysis of Mexico’s foreign policy, endorsing appointments of ambassadors and consuls general, and approval of international treaties signed by the executive and the departure of troops outside the national territory. 

In the IPU, Sen. Cuevas Barron is the chair of the delegation of the Mexican Congress to the IPU. 

Barron was a member of the Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law between 2014 and 2016. Prior to that she also chaired the committee. 

The IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution established in 1889. It consists of 178 member parliaments and works closely with the UN. Barron has been politcally active since 1994 and remained a member of the National Action Party of Mexico (PAN) from 1994 to 2018.  

In January 2018, Gabriela Barron decided to leave PAN to join the left-wing National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). According to her, the party did not achieve its objectives such as inclusion, pluralism, and development.

Barron regularly writes for several publications including Millenio, The Economist and Reform. She is a founding member of the Mexico Education Foundation AC. She obtained a degree in political science from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, ITAM. 

The IPU president on Tuesday met King Salman at his palace in Riyadh.  She praised Saudi Arabia's efforts in continuing its humanitarian work around the globe and for supporting the IPU.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.