Palestinian Abbas Makes Gaffes in Thanks to Mubarak, Dead King

Once bitten, though apparently not twice shy, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to his Egyptian host by using the name of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and then upped the ante by thanking Morocco’s King Mohamed V, who happens to be dead.

After a warm introduction by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, Abbas expressed his thanks to “Mohamed Hosni” before quickly correcting himself and saying “Mohamed Mursi.”

Hours later, in the second session of an Islamic summit in Cairo, he expressed thanks to “King Mohamed V for your words” before being corrected by a smiling Moroccan official who reminded him that monarch had died and the current king was Mohamed VI.

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