Women Driving Not Political, Saudi FM Says

During a press conference with his Austrian counterpart held Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal was asked about the ban on women driving. His answer, according to local financial daily al-Eqtisadiah, was that women driving is a social matter that has nothing to do with politics. This answer is a typical one that has been repeated by top officials for years, and it does not really address the issue. The proper follow up question to that answer is: if this is a social matter, why does the government arrest women who dare to drive?