Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, on a visit to the US, is set to meet President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday.
On Sunday, “60 Minutes,” the CBS News programme, aired an episode about the prince and where he hopes to take Saudi Arabia.
When asked if women were equal to men, Prince Mohammed said, “Absolutely. We are all human beings and there is no difference.”
Prince Mohammed has implemented some reforms on women’s rights, loosening clothing restrictions, pushing for greater participation in the workforce, and, significantly, lifting a ban on women driving.
But guardianship laws, which require women to seek the permission of male relatives for a host of activities, remain in place.
“We have extremists who forbid mixing between the two sexes and are unable to differentiate between a man and a woman alone together and their being together in a work place. Many of those ideas contradict the way of life during the time of the Prophet (PBUH),” he said.