Washington: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, speaking to reporters on Tuesday after the kingdom announced it would permit women to drive, said all women holding licences from GCC nations would be allowed to drive in the country.

Prince Khalid Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz said the decision was not just a major social change but part of the country's economic reforms.

"I think our leadership understands our society is ready," he said.

He said women would not need to get permission from a legal guardian to get a license and would not need a guardian in the car when they drive.