Egyptian President’s Guard Tries To Take John Kerry's Cell Phone

U.S. officials had some really awkward moments at the G20. But the first incident occurred way before the summit began.


Ahead of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, United States Secretary of State John Kerry met Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi in New Delhi, India, to discuss regional issues.

But before Kerry could enter the room where the meeting was scheduled to take place, the U.S. senior had a really awkward encounter with one of Sisi’s security personnel.

A bodyguard, as shown in the video above, shakes Kerry’s hand, momentarily preventing him from moving forward while asking if he has a cell phone.

“Mobile with camera? No camera,” he can be heard asking the secretary of state.

“What? No,” Kerry replies before walking off.

This isn’t the first time Kerry has been publicly embarrassed by Egyptian security.

In 2014, he was stopped by guards and asked to go through a hand-held electronic scanner as he entered Cairo's presidential palace to meet Sisi. The incident was also caught on camera and was widely regarded as intentional humiliation of America's top diplomat.

At the time, Egyptian authorities justified the episode by saying their security was not aware of usual dealings with foreign dignitaries.

One wonders what excuse will be provided this time around.

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