Watch: Imran Khan walks away after brief encounter with Saudi King Salman at OIC summit, faces criticism
Imran Khan, who was on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the OIC Summit, was criticised widely on social media for allegedly insulting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz before walking away. (Photo: Twitter/screen grab
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has found himself at the centre of a controversy following his brief encounter with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Organisation of Islamic (OIC summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Khan, who was on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia at the OIC Summit in Mecca, was criticised widely on social media for allegedly insulting King Salman.
In a Twitter video that has gone viral, the Pakistan PM was seen walking up to King Salman. But he immediately left after muttering something to King Salman’s translator; Khan did not even wait for the Saudi king’s reply.
Saudi Gazette (@Saudi_Gazette May 31, 2019
He even made some gestures at the monarch’s translator before walking away from the spot without even giving King Salman an opportunity to respond.
Several claims doing rounds on Twitter said the incident angered the Saudi government which protested at the highest level and suggested that the bilateral meeting between the two leaders was cancelled.
Someone should teach little bit ethics of Diplomacy to this man.
Meanwhile, it is heard that the Saudi king has cancelled meeting with Imran Khan because of his nonsensical attitude.
I though wish that it’s just a rumour since we have to beg a lot more
Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo June 1, 2019
However, the claims were proved to be unfounded as Imran Khan later met with the king and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud before delivering an address at the summit.
This is beyond insulting. PM Imran Khan enters, says something to King Salman, walks out casually before the interpreter translates and the King responds.
I’d suggest the “selection committee” to teach diplomatic manners when they select PM of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/ACIJpFzZeF
Naila Inayat ????? ????? (@nailainayat June 1, 2019
Khan has been criticised heavily on social media since the video surfaced. Even his own countrymen took to Twitter and questioned his behaviour.