The following is an excerpt from BBC.com | December 3, 2017 |
The Afghan president has apologised to women for remarks he made about the traditional headscarf.
On Saturday, Ashraf Ghani responded to claims that some government officials have links to so-called Islamic State. He said people should provide evidence or wear a woman's headscarf.
It provoked a backlash from people who viewed the comments as sexist.
Mr Ghani later apologised to women who felt offended and said his comments had been misinterpreted.
In a statement, the Afghan presidential palace said: "The president is a very prominent advocate of women's rights and has taken unique steps to strengthen and preserve their position since his tenure as the president of Afghanistan."
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