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.