Energy Secretary Rick Perry holds hawk, gets his feet in the sand during trip to Saudi Arabia


U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend and managed to sneak in a few fun photo opportunities.

Perry traveled to the country to meet with leaders to discuss collaborations between the two countries regarding fossil fuel energy. 

Perry and Khalid al Falih, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage the exchange of resources like research and technology. 

Al Falih posted photos of Perry’s visit on his Twitter account Monday, showing the former Texas governor sitting in sand with bare feet and holding a hawk. One photo shows Perry visiting food stands. Another shows Perry holding a sword while dressed in traditional Saudi attire including a shemagh, which covers the head and neck. 

Perry met with other dignitaries including the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The two posed for a photo, both giving the thumbs-up gesture. 

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz also met with the secretary as part of the energy department’s Middle East trip. Perry is also visiting the United Arab Emirates.

The photos of the smiling Perry, particularly the one of him sitting in the sand, inspired some creative reactions on Twitter. 


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