Skip to comments.Swedish diplomat crosses legs, Iran angry
Posted on 12/09/2012 6:39:34 AM PST by JoeProBono
TEHRAN, - The newly appointed Swedish ambassador to Iran apparently upset the Iranian president by crossing his legs, an Iranian website reported.
The offending act came during a meeting after a ceremony in which Swedish ambassador Peter Tejler presented Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his credentials, The Local.se reported.
Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos from the meeting in which Tejler is sitting cross-legged, but in the photos, Ahmadinejad is also seen crossing his legs.
Armenian website Panorama translated Asriran.com's report, which explains that sitting cross-legged "contradicts international diplomatic norms."
"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response to the impoliteness of his interlocutor," the Asriran.com report said.
The Atlantic Wire, from University of West Florida, said showing the soles of one's feet is considered offensive in Muslim culture.
"Pointing the soles of the feet towards someone is impolite because the soles of the feet [shoe] are considered dirty, closest to the ground, closer to the devil and farther away from God. When in the presence of Muslims, be careful not to raise or cross your legs in such a way that the sole of the foot faces others in the room," The Atlantic Wire said.
Maybe the Swedish Diplomat did it purpose....
I am sure they are briefed on protocol when dealing with 13 th century savages...
No wonder they only had one child, Bill needed a bullseye to find the target.
Yup...”30 Seconds Over Tokyo”...and then back to cruising in the El Camino.
While not necessarily as insulting as showing the soles of ones shoe, mooning may be seen as an invitation to sex, and therefore is not preferred diplomatic behavior. /S
American citizen flicks a booger at an image of Mohammed.
Similar things happened to GIs fighting in the Pacific. It was called "going Asiatic." Wasn't a healthy thing btw.
How Islamand the ever-present threat it poses to humanitycould be brought to an end in one, simple step:
Bill needed those stripes to point his way to the promised land.
The utter destruction of Mecca and Medina (and then their use as an international hazardous waste dump) would sure fix the problem.
They don’t seem to have a problem with sticking their nose in the grown to pray.
“Muslims get offended by the stupidest things’’<<. I agree. I should just being Muslim offense enough.