Dec. 14, 2016
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s decision reportedly sparked anger across the Islamic Kingdom.
German Defense Minister Refuses to Cover Up During Visit to Saudi Arabia – Dave Burke (Daily Mail-UK, via Daily Alert)
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen refused to wear the traditional Saudi full-body covering during a visit to Saudi Arabia, amid calls for her arrest.
All women in Saudi Arabia – local and foreign – are legally required to wear an abaya.
“The right to choose your own clothing is a right shared by men and women alike. It annoys me when women are pushed into wearing the abaya,” she said.
Last year U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama did not wear an abayaduring a visit to Saudi Arabia with her husband.