US President Trump hails Saudi Arabia’s ‘positive step’ allowing women to drive

US President Donad Trump in a statement said: “This is a positive step toward promoting the rights and opportunities of women in Saudi Arabia.” (AFP)
Updated 27 September 2017

US President Trump hails Saudi Arabia’s ‘positive step’ allowing women to drive

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump congratulated Saudi Arabia Tuesday for its decision to join the rest of the world in allowing women to drive, calling it a “positive step” for the ultra-conservative kingdom.
“President Donald J. Trump commends the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s decision today to affirm the right of women to drive in the kingdom,” a White House statement read.
“This is a positive step toward promoting the rights and opportunities of women in Saudi Arabia.”
Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert hailed the “very positive sign.”
“We’re just happy today,” she added.
Earlier, Saudi officials had announced that it would allow women to drive from next June, a victory for a long campaign by women’s rights activists.
“We will continue to support Saudi Arabia in its efforts to strengthen Saudi society and the economy through reforms like this,” the White House said.


Saudi FM discusses enhanced bilateral cooperation with Cypriot counterpart

Updated 26 September 2020

Saudi FM discusses enhanced bilateral cooperation with Cypriot counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah made several phone calls with his counterparts from other nations.

He discussed Saudi-Cypriot relations with Nikos Christodoulides, the Cypriot minister of foreign affairs, stressing the need to strengthen mutual cooperation in various fields, and discussing regional and international developments of common interest

Prince Faisal also spoke separately to Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs; to Linas Linkevičius, minister of foreign affairs for Lithuania; and to Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s minister of foreign affairs.

With all three, the prince discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, in addition to regional and global matters of mutual interest to Saudi Arabia and their respective countries.