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 King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.