Merkel refused to cover his head before the Saudis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on a working visit to Saudi Arabia. According to The Independent, the meeting with king Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud she did not comply with the dress code and not wearing a head scarf.

According to Deutsche Welle, the talks between the two leaders was on economic and military cooperation and partnership in the fight against terrorism. Following the talks, Merkel stated that Saudi Arabia is ready to embark on the path changes, but this country is not sufficiently respect human rights.

Speaking of which, the Chancellor mentioned the use of the death penalty and a prison sentence of blogger Raif Badawi. In addition, Merkel met with Saudi women entrepreneurs.

Traditionally, women in Saudi Arabia must cover their heads with scarves. However, according to local laws, foreigners are not affected.

Merkel is not the only Western woman who did not abide by the dress code during the visit to Saudi Arabia. For example, in the winter of 2015 wife of the then President of the United States Michelle Obama was with her head uncovered to the ceremonies on the occasion of the death of king Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

In January of 2017 follow Eastern traditions refused the Secretary of state for trade of Spain, Maria Luisa Poncela. For business meetings in the delegation she came without compliance with the dress code.