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 Arabia records increase in COVID-19 deaths, drop in new cases

Updated 30 October 2020

Saudi Arabia records increase in COVID-19 deaths, drop in new cases

  • 56,255 new tests were conducted across Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours
  • A total of 5,383 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 20 deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 398 new infections on Friday.

The new cases bring the number of total infections in the Kingdom to 346,880.

Of the new cases, 53 were recorded in Riyadh, 48 in Madinah, 38 in Yanbu, 37 in Jeddah and 32 in Makkah.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 333,409 after 404 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 5,383 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Meanwhile, 56,255 new tests were conducted across Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.