This scenario raised a lot of questions, especially among haters of GCC unity.
The Gulf region is steeped in tradition. And there’s one thing those haters don’t know: Omani custom implies that the host honouring his guest puts his hand back as a sign that he refuses to shake his hand — until he sees him to the door.
That’s what Sultan Haitham did with Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, when the latter bid goodbye following a visit on Sunday.
In turn, Sheikh Mohamed declined the Sultan’s polite gesture to leave his other guests behind and accompany him out. Instead, Sheikh Mohamed asked Sultan Haitham to stay back with his other guests — as he offered that he and his delegation will leave on their own.
Numerous world leaders and heads of state descended upon Muscat, Oman’s capital, on Sunday, following the death of the well-respected Sultan Qaboos on Friday night.
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