Saudi Arabia to let women drive

Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to drive in the kingdom, according to a royal decree issued in Riyadh on Tuesday that overturned one of the most widely criticized restrictions on human rights.

The plan to allow women to drive is still developing, however, as Saudi Arabia does not now have any legal methods by which women can obtain licenses or learn how to drive.

Ambassador Khalid added, "The issue of women driving was never a religious or a cultural issue".

"Some said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive, or that male drivers would not know how to handle women in cars next to them". This was a societal issue.

"We would certainly welcome that", U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

The news were announced on state media and tweeted by the Saudi press agency SPA. He said the ministry would print a corrected copy of the book and had formed a committee to determine the source of the mistake.

Yemen descended into a conflict two years ago after Houthis, associated with former President Saleh, and with the support of Iran took control of capital Sanaa, forcing Hadi to flee briefly to Saudi Arabia before coming back to the country's second city of Aden. For example, the police will have to be trained to interact with women in a way that they rarely do in Saudi Arabia, a society where men and women who are not related have little contact.

A woman drives a auto in Saudi Arabia Oct. 22, 2013.

  • Rogelio Becker