Feb 11, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Excerpted from The Telegraph: Claudia Roth has been an ardent critic of Iran, especially over its treatment of women, while religious custom dictates that Ali Reza Sheik Attar, the Iranian ambassador, should not shake hands with a woman.
But this failed to prevent the two from slapping palms as Ms Roth passed a grinning and seated ambassador during a security conference in Munich.
The snippet of footage of the high-five has received widespread coverage in the German press, and left both parties red-faced, as spokesmen sought to explain the unusual encounter.
“The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran never shakes hands with a woman, and he has never shaken Claudia Roth’s hand either,” a spokesman for the Iranian embassy told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
He added that the ambassador had only attempted a polite greeting or wave, which the Green politician misinterpreted and responded with a “quick touch of the ambassador’s hand”. “He was completely surprised by this unexpected gesture,” continued the spokesman.