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Saudi women do not need to wear black abayas, Mohammed bin Salman says ahead of trip to US

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Women in Saudi Arabia do not need to wear traditional black abayas or headscarves, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said, as he tries to burnish his reformist credentials ahead of his first trip to Washington as Saudi heir to the throne.

The 32-year-old prince, who will meet Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, said that Saudis had “come a very long way and have a short way to go” to roll back laws which have restricted Saudi women for decades.

“Saudi women still have not received their full rights. There are rights stipulated in Islam that they still don’t have,” he told CBS News.

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