Iran welcomes Turkish parliament vote to lift headscarf bans

Iran Materials 10 February 2008 20:41 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Iran on Sunday welcomed the Turkish parliament vote to lift a ban on the wearing of Islamic-style headscarves at universities, official news agency IRNA reported.

A senior advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the vote indicated the spread of Islam in neighbouring Turkey.

Hojatoleslam Biriya further said that while Islam has put the emphasis on women's dignity, "women in Western countries are

unfortunately just used as means for vulgarity."

All women in Iran, including foreigners, are obliged in public to wear a headscarf and long gown to hide hair and body contours.