WikiLeaks: Saudis 'less than pleased' by Sarkozy

December 2, 2010 17:21


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In a new WikiLeaks release of a cable from the US Embassy in Riyyadh described Saudi discontent over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to the kingdom in 2008.

Although the US cable described the Saudi complaints as minor, it said they were "significant to Saudi sensibilities." The negative comments made by the Saudis were mostly related to cultural norms and respect. The Saudis were reportedly upset with Sarkozy's plan to bring his then-fiance Carla Bruni (an unmarried woman) and unreasonable logistical demands made ahead of the visit.

Additionally, the Saudis remarked that the French president appeared "less than gracious" during certain events, by not tasting traditional Arab foods and looking bored during a televised arrival ceremony.

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