Sweden defends officials wearing headscarves in Iran

_94625808_annlindeirnaSource: BBC

The Swedish government has defended its decision to have its officials wear headscarves during a trip to Iran, saying that failing to do so would have broken the law.

Trade Minister Ann Linde led a business team last week and faced criticism for wearing a headscarf, or hijab.

Sweden says it has the world’s first “feminist government”.

A prominent Iranian women’s rights activist and Swedish politicians have criticised the decision.

“It is ruinous to what is called a feminist foreign policy” said Liberal party chief Jan Bjorklund, who said Iran oppressed women through legislation.

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