Merkel vs King Salman

Looks like Merkel wears pretty much the same outfit everywhere. If that’s how she gets people to talk about her policies instead of what she was wearing, it didn’t work this time. The news services noted that she did not wear “hijab”. Well no one really wears hijab in Saudi Arabia, they wear niqab by tradition and abaya by law, but sure she wasn’t wearing those either. Outdoors, too, but hey, it’s Jeddah, by the sea, and not the stuffy Wahhabi interior.

In spite of rumors about the king’s health, it looks like this time, the handshake photo op went off without a hitch.

…but wait, what’s this handshake with bin Nayaf? Is he crushing her thumb?

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