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.
It was an honor to meet His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Glad to— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) December 3, 2017
build on the strong relationship between the United States and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia #energy #energysecurity pic.twitter.com/emHdf1LOM6
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.
Extremely grateful to have met w/Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz while in Saudi Arabia and I look forward to continued cooperation on advancing #energy and #energysecurity pic.twitter.com/8l3scZJXua— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) December 5, 2017
The photos of the smiling Perry, particularly the one of him sitting in the sand, inspired some creative reactions on Twitter.
this Rick Perry photo really needs an inspirational quote to be complete pic.twitter.com/TYbmqoVzj2— dorsey.mp4 (@dorseyshaw) December 5, 2017
Rick Perry in West Texas pic.twitter.com/qUGtarphoO— Rott (@Political_Rott) December 5, 2017
rick perry first announced artist for pitchfork music festival 2018 pic.twitter.com/JnstolKbbB— holly jolly joseph™ (@maloonds) December 5, 2017