Why does NASA JSC PAO have staff in Saudi Arabia?

Keith's note: Why does NASA JSC PAO have staff in Saudi Arabia? Are there that many NASA employees attending the ASE event such that they need a PAO handler?

@amikokauderer Chilling out, maxin' and relaxin' with a couple new dinner friends. @ The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh http://instagr.am/p/RqUdSrpEOw/

Earth's Astronauts Meet, earlier post

Keith's update: Correction/update: @amikokauderer says she is "not on the job" - but she is listed as accompanying Scott Kelly, an active U.S. astronaut according to ASE.

Keith's update: According to ASE: "Amiko is here as Scott's guest. Scott is here as the official NASA active astronaut representative; although he is on official orders, all (flights, hotels, meals, everything) of his and Amiko's expenses have been picked up by our Saudi hosts (all expenses for all attendees have been picked up by the hosts). She is here purely as a private citizen and Scott's guest."

Keith's note: I wonder if the opportunity to get an all expenses paid trip to Saudi Arabia was offered to other NASA JSC employees instead of just sending a PAO employee.

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