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02 December 2023

Newspapers slam Saudi envoy to Egypt

By Staff

Saudi Arabia’s newspapers slammed the Gulf Kingdom’s ambassador to Egypt over his sarcastic comments to a Saudi woman who asked him to help stranded nationals in the crisis-hit Arab nation.

During a visit to Cairo international airport to check hundreds of stranded Saudis, Hisham Nazer was asked by a national women why he does not order more Saudi aircraft to transfer the remaining Saudis to their country, saying the kingdom has enough resources.

“Oh really… so have come up with the solutions which I don’t know,” he snapped at her before he turned his back and walked away.

Most Saudi newspapers reported Nazer’s encounter with the woman in a critical manner, with one saying in its headline :”In an unjustified behavior, the kingdom’s ambassador to Egypt gives a sarcastic response to a stranded Saudi woman who just asked for help."

“We all know that King Abdullah has ordered the quick transfer of all Saudis in Egypt… but we are surprised to see that the ambassador sneers at a national woman who is worried about herself and the other Saudi nationals stranded in Egypt,” Masdar daily said.

“Instead of calming her fears, the ambassador sneers and snaps at the woman…he then turns his back to her without realizing that serving a Saudi national should be on top of his duties.”

Another paper ran a film showing Nazer, who was surrounded by his aides, snapping at the woman and quickly turning away.

“This film shows how the ambassador was sneering at the woman and ignoring her just because she said Saudi Arabia has sufficient resources to send more planes to lift the remaining stranded nationals,” Kabar Arabic language daily said.

Another local daily, Anbakum, also ran the film under the heading :”The Saudi ambassador scoffs at the suffering of a national woman.”

“The film has been seen by many Saudis and all of them expressed their anger and resentment at the way Nazer treated the woman who appeared to be in a state of fear and anxiety.”