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article imageKuwait PM bodyguard denied access to Chilean Presidential palace

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 27, 2010 in World
Santiago - The head of security of Kuwaiti Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Sabah, was expelled from the Chilean Government House because he refused to surrender his gun to official palace security personnel.
An unusual impasse took place in the main courtyard of La Moneda, the Chilean Presidential Palace, when President Sebastián Piñera received the official visit of the Prime Minister of Kuwait to hold an official luncheon and discuss cooperation agreements between the two countries.
After entering the palace the Sheikh received honours from the guard and met with the President to go to his office. However, minutes later, the security chief of the Kuwaiti delegation engaged in a rough argument with Piñera’s security personnel. The reason was that he entered the palace with a weapon despite having been warned against doing so, according to Chilean media (La Tercera, in Spanish).
The Sheik’s bodyguard intensely insisted in carrying his weapon inside the building and a tense situation ensued. Five plainclothes palace security men approached the disrupting member of the Kuwaiti delegation to explain the reasons for the objection. The brief scuffle and shoving episode ended with the Prime Minister’s security man expelled from the government house and having to wait outside until the end of the meeting between the President and the Prime Minister.
Among the items discussed at the meeting were the forthcoming opening of an embassy of Kuwait in Santiago and the signing of agreements on collaboration, economic cooperation and air traffic integration.
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