Saudi Arabia: What is Michelle Obama's 'head scarf controversy'?

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Riyadh, Jan 28: The United States embassy in Saudi Arabia today has rejected  media reports that the country's state television had blurred out America's first lady Michelle Obama, while she and her husband US president Barack Obama met the new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

In You Tube, video clips were allegedly placed to show that the state television blurred out the First Lady of the United States. But the Saudi embassy in its tweet stated that the incident was false. The embassy also urged people to check facts before jumping into conclusions . At the same time, the live broadcast of the Obama visit to Riyadh confirmed that there was no blurring.

Barack Obama-Michelle Obama

Ahmed Al Omran, Saudi correspondent of Wall Street Journal through his tweet, stressed that America's first lady was not at all blurred out by the Saudi television.

The US President and his wife reached yesterday from India, for a condolence visit to Riyadh after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

According to the strict dress code of kingdom,  Saudi women are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public. At the same time, it is not at all necessary for the foreigners to cover their head.

However, the US first lady and President Barack Obama received a warm welcome from the Saudi officials.

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