Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in Riyadh January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister defended his country's treatment of women Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars."When it comes to issues like women's driving, this is not a religious issue, it's a societal issue," Adel al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.He said it was unfair to fixate on the issue of women drivers, given the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom's efforts to educate girls. Restrictions in Saudi Arabia remain some of the toughest in the world with women forced to cover themselves in black from head to toe in public.
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