Pakistani prime minister’s allegedly “insulting” treatment of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during an encounter for a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca has angered the kingdom.
Footage showed the Pakistani premier walking the red carpet to meet King Salman. After a brief handshake and greeting, Imran Khan spoke directly to the king’s interpreter rather than addressing the monarch himself.
Khan then was filmed pointing and gesticulating while he was addressing the translator before walking away casually, apparently without waiting to hear the royal’s reply.
Unconfirmed reports said the Saudi government had protested to Pakistan at the highest level and described the conduct of Prime Minister Khan as a violation of the ceremonial protocol.
The Saudi crown prince visited the cash-strapped Pakistan in February where he received a lavish welcome.
— Saudi Gazette (@Saudi_Gazette) May 31, 2019