“No woman in my delegation will be required to wear the abaya, as the right to choose one’s attire is a right shared by men and women equally.”
Germany’s defence minister has sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia after she and her entourage refused to wear hijab or the Abaya during an official visit to the Kingdom.
According to an Iranian newspaper, Ursula Von der Leyen said: “No woman in my delegation will be required to wear the abaya, as the right to choose one’s attire is a right shared by men and women equally.”
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Saudis took to social media to express their displeasure towards the minister’s position.
One translated tweet said according to the Daily mail said “The German Defence Minister: not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia!”
Michelle Obama early on this year also did not wear a hijab when she visited the kingdom and that equally sparked outrage with harshtags such as #MichelleObamaImmodest and MichelleObamaNotVeiled trending on twitter.
Von der Leyen visited Saudi Arabia days after the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel called for a ban on the burqa.
Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice and former First Lady Laura Bush all did not wear the hijab when they visited Saudi Arabia.