UK Prime Minister rejects headscarf during Saudi Arabia visit

UK Prime Minister rejects headscarf during Saudi Arabia visit

RIYADH: The UK Prime Minister’s hair was showing as she landed in Riyadh, eschewing the country’s conservative dress code which dictates women should wear full length robes and a headscarf.

Theresa May did not adhere to Saudi Arabia’s strict dress code for women during a meeting with the nation’s Crown Prince.

Earlier, May said she hopes to be a role model for women in Saudi Arabia, who may feel oppressed by restrictive laws such as a ban on women driving or the limits placed on women’s movement without a male guardian.

After lashing out during the National Trust Easter egg hunt row yesterday, May defended the visit and said she hopes to inspire women by showing them what they can achieve and that females can hold vital leadership roles.

She said: ‘It’s important for me as a woman leader and as leader of the government of the United Kingdom to maintain the relationships that are important to us as a country, for our security, and our trade for the future.

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