The US Department of State confirmed that a US citizen Carly Morris was detained by authorities in Saudi Arabia, but did not say whether any American had been able to meet her yet.
“Our embassy in Riyadh is very engaged on this case, and they’re following the situation very closely,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.
“We were aware of the reports that Ms Morris has been detained,” he added.
He stressed, “Whenever a person is detained abroad, we seek immediate access to visit the individual, to aid him or her with all appropriate consular assistance. Our embassy in Riyadh is very engaged on this case; they’re following the situation very closely.”