German Minister Sparks Anger After Refusing To Wear Hijab During Saudi Arabia Visit

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The Defense Minister for Germany has offended quite a lot of people during her recent visit to Saudi Arabia after refusing to wear a hijab.

Ursula von der Leyen made a point as she reportedly said that women should have the same rights as men when choosing their clothing.

When she met with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, she voiced her annoyance that women were expected to ‘cover up’. Rather than sporting a hijab, she went with a dark blue pant suit. Well played.

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A traditional Muslim abaya that women are required to wear when visiting Saudi Arabia (local and foreign).

When women visit Saudi Arabia, both local and foreign, they are legally required to wear an abaya (a full-body covering) which Ursula chose defiantly not to do. Muslim women also are required to wear a hijab. Foreigners, however are not required to cover their heads.

People took to Twitter to vent their fury with comments such as: ‘OK so why didn’t they arrest her? The hypocrisy and double standards’.

Another wrote: ‘The German Defence Minister: Not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia!’

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