Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State

King Salman receives US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (SPA)
Updated 22 October 2017
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Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman received US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations, prospects of cooperation between the two countries and latest developments in the region.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.
On the American side, the meeting was attended by Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, Margaret J.A. Peterlin, Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Christopher Henzel, and a number of officials.


Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

Updated 24 June 2018
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Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has established six driving schools for women in different regions of Saudi Arabia, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

Mansour Al-Turki said on Sunday that the ministry has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far and demand is still very high.

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades on Sunday as the Kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

At a press conference to mark the occasion, Al-Turki said there are 9 districts where female driving schools have not yet been established and there is evidence to suggest women in these areas want to learn.

The interior ministry spokesperson urged motorists not to violate regulations and infringe on the rights and freedoms of others.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Saudi Traffic Directorate, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami said the directorate has developed a device to identify and verify driving licenses through a fingerprinting system.

He acknowledged there is great awareness among women in dealing with traffic rules and regulations, adding there are no traffic exemptions for women, only for people with special needs.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plan to modernize and reform Saudi Arabia.