Monday, May 30, 2016

Awkward place and time

There's probably not much that could have been done about it, but it was not a good idea for UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to be sitting next to foreign minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir as the latter outlined the Saudi position on why Iranian pilgrims would not be able to participate in the Hajj this year. Access to international holy sites is an issue that that can leave Saudi Arabia vulnerable to criticism, but simply by sitting there, Hammond ended up looking like the UK agrees with the Saudi stance on the issue.

Photo: Saudi Press Agency.

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