Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is in Abu Dhabi, wore a headscarf when she visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque on Sunday morning out of respect for the customs, traditions and conventions of Islam, says Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. The queen is on a two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates.

"Not to have worn one during a visit to a mosque wasn't an option. In that case, the invitation to visit to the mosque, one of the most important in the United Arab Emirates, would have to have been refused," explained Mr Rosenthal.

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