September 26, 2017 / 8:37 PM / 7 months ago

Saudi ambassador to U.S. says his society is ready to let women drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, speaking to reporters on Tuesday after the kingdom announced it would permit women to drive, said the decision was not just a major social change but part of the country’s economic reforms.

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

“I think our leadership understands our society is ready,” Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz said.

He said women would not need to get permission from a legal guardian to get a licence and would not need a guardian in the car when they drive.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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