-- Update: I learned that First lady Michelle Obamam, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former first lady Laura Bush also refused to wear the hijab on their visits to Saudi Arabia.
Good for her!
Hannah Crouch reports for the UK Sun:
Her decision not to wear a hijab during her meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, was not met warmly by Saudi’s who took to Twitter to express their anger, the Express has reported.
One translated Tweet read: “The German Defence Minister: not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia.”
According to an Iranian newspaper, 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 the right shared by men and women equally.”
The abaya is a loose robe-like dress, worn by women in Muslim countries, which covers the whole body except for the head, feet and hands.
The hijab is the word used to describe headscarves worn by Muslim women which cover their heads. [more . . .]