Saudi women should be given permission to drive, but it is not up to the government to impose such changes on society, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Thursday.
"Myself, I think they should drive. But (we) are not the ones who decide on that. It has to be the families who decide on that," Prince Saud told Britain's Channel 4 news following a state visit by King Abdullah to London this week.
"For us, it is not a political issue, it is a social issue. We believe that this is something for the families to decide, for the people to decide and not to be forced by the government, either to drive or not to drive," the foreign minister said referring to the driving issue.
Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.