Merkel arrives in Saudi Arabia without headscarf

Merkel arrives in Saudi Arabia without headscarf

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Saudi Arabia without a headscarf for talks with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Merkel was greeted by King Salman and other top officials upon her arrival at the western city of Jiddah, the Independent reported.

Like other recent female Western visitors, the German Chancellor did not cover her hair upon arrival in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Saudi Arabia enforces a conservative dress code in public, requiring women to wear a full-length robe and cover their hair, in keeping with other restrictive laws including a guardian system limiting women's movement and a ban on driving.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May also eschewed the strict dress code for women when she arrived in Riyadh, after saying she hoped to be an inspiration to oppressed women in Saudi Arabia.