Saudi Arabia: Conclusion of Study on Arrangements that Let Women Drive

A Saudi woman checks a car at a showroom in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 5, 2017. Reuters
A Saudi woman checks a car at a showroom in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 5, 2017. Reuters
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Saudi Arabia: Conclusion of Study on Arrangements that Let Women Drive

A Saudi woman checks a car at a showroom in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 5, 2017. Reuters
A Saudi woman checks a car at a showroom in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 5, 2017. Reuters

A study on the required arrangements allowing women to drive was completed and referred to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki clarified, during a press conference held in Riyadh on Wednesday and attended by some security leaders in the kingdom, that the committees - set up by the king’s royal decree that allowed women to drive - have made their recommendations in line with conventional regulations.

A woman who passes the driving test and acquires a license is permitted to drive inside or outside the city, stated Turki.

He added that Minister of Interior Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef took the initiative to form a committee to follow-up and develop traffic management. The committee’s membership includes security officers and an elite of specialized indivuduals and experts.

Notably, the committee managed, within a short period, to direct traffic development procedures and enhance road safety. It also aimed at qualifying drivers and ensuring a regular presence on roads to enforce regulations with the assistance of developed techniques, according to Turki.

Further, director general of the traffic department Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah al-Bassami said the department is preparing a new strategy and is developing a list of driving schools.

“Women driving will be an added value. We have initial coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to apprehend any female that violates the law or causes an accident,” he added.

Bassami mentioned that replacing a license granted by another country with a Saudi license is determined through security coordination and cooperation, asserting that the amount of fines for violations is being reconsidered.

Maj. Gen. Bassam al-Attiyah of the Interior Ministry said there is an accident every minute, 20 deaths daily, and that 79 percent of accidents occur outside cities.

Since the end of 2016, there have been more than 160,000 accidents leading to 30,000 injuries i.e. four injuries every one hour not to mention the more than 7,000 deaths in 2017.

Attiyah stated that traffic issues are draining financial and humanitarian resources and causing social and psychological problems. 



Saudi Arabia Stresses Palestinian People’s Right to Establish Independent State

Group photo of the foreign ministers of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum.
Group photo of the foreign ministers of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum.
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Saudi Arabia Stresses Palestinian People’s Right to Establish Independent State

Group photo of the foreign ministers of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum.
Group photo of the foreign ministers of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum.

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Monday the need to immediately stop Israeli military operations in Gaza, emphasizing the Palestinian people’s right to establish an independent state based on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Saudi Arabia also stressed the need to protect civilians in Gaza, secure the delivery of humanitarian aid, and intensify efforts to reach a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue.
The Kingdom’s statement came during the 19th meeting of foreign ministers of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, which was hosted by Iran, in the presence of Eng. Waleed Al-Khuraiji, Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Al-Khuraiji stressed the importance of doubling joint efforts and deepening cooperation and coordination to face the growing conflicts and the increasing challenges of food and energy security.
He added that Israel’s actions against defenseless civilians in Gaza have left thousands of victims, including children, women and the elderly. The continuation of military operations threaten regional security and portends the expansion of the conflict, he underscored.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also reiterated the Kingdom’s emphasis on the necessity of maintaining coordination between countries and developing cooperation in all fields, including technology, trade, investment, regional security, energy, culture, and others.
Al-Khuraiji expressed the Kingdom’s commitment to the importance of cooperation in facing climate change and work to develop global governance of artificial intelligence and new technologies. He pointed to the importance and effectiveness of collective efforts within multilateral frameworks in calming tensions and promoting dialogue and joint action.