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Jordan's King Abdullah reviews a guard of honor with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a welcome ceremony at Akasaka state guesthouse in Tokyo on Thursday. Abdullah is on a three-day visit to Japan.

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Why isn't he wearing traditional Saudi garb?

Probably for the same reason you aren't - he's not Saudi.

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Why is nobody else covering this? This is the first time I knew he was here.

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And I hope the Royal Household concentrates on Abdullah and ignores Duteurte (sp??).

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Funny. His brother, Ali, was my classmate in 3rd grade elementary school. We were best friends. Its surreal for me to see his brother like this. I never met neither King Hussein nor King Abdullah unfortunately

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turbotsat, Wakarimasen, maybe because he is the King of Jordan and is not from Saudi Arabia.

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I think maybe Wakarimasen only meant something like 'why isn't the King wearing traditional Arab dress', it was Strangerland who parsed that to Saudi vs. Jordanian.

What? The man in the pic is Jordan's king. The question was Why isn't he wearing traditional Saudi garb?. I didn't 'parse' it to anything other than what the question directly asked.

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; He wears a suit, the same reason Abe wear a suit. We don't see Japanese gov't officials sear kimonos in oversea and not even in Japan.

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Maybe. But I don't assume. Maybe I just don't know something specific about Saudi-Jordanian relations, and he was trying to make some political statement about them.

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Why isn't he wearing traditional Saudi garb? Aly, you move in exalted circles.....

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Wakarimasen: Why isn't he wearing traditional Saudi garb?

He sometimes wears Arabic headdress and sometimes doesn't, apparently. He's half-English, on his mom's side. But his dad King Hussein also went with and without headdress. And I don't remember seeing any photos of the older Saudi royal males without headdress. I think the Jordanian royalty may be less traditional. Where there any Europeans in the direct line of descent, with the Saudis?

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&q=headdress+%27king+abdullah+ii%27

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Can't we have a little less of the military photos?

Surely there are beautiful things to look at!

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I think maybe Wakarimasen only meant something like 'why isn't the King wearing traditional Arab dress', it was Strangerland who parsed that to Saudi vs. Jordanian.

In USA "in 80's" I don't remember any guys wearing keffiyeh, except fashion models on runway, maybe, but I probably wasn't paying attention.

Why did young Japanese wear it with camouflage in 2000's? Red Army Faction nostalgia? P/O their parents?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_culture

Arabic culture refers to the culture in the countries in which the official language is Arab ...

Men - Arab dress for men ranges from the traditional flowing robes to blue jeans, T-shirts and business suits. ... Headdress - The male headdress is also known as Keffiyeh. ... Red and white checkered headdress – Generally of Jordanian origin. Wearer has made Hajj and comes from a country with a Monarch. ... Guthra (headdress) in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf ... The Saudi guthra is a square shaped cotton fabric. The traditional is white but the white and red (shemagh) is also very common in Saudi Arabia. ...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh

... Toward the end of the 1980s, the keffiyeh became a fashion accessory in the United States and, during the 2000s, it became very popular among adolescents in Tokyo, where it was often worn with camouflage-style clothing. ...

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Strangerland: .. I didn't 'parse' ...

OK, you are right. But given that you know Wakarimasen is not Saudi and we can take it he/she is not Jordanian (because if so it's highly probable he/she would know the King wears both styles of dress and not one style like Saudi royalty tend to and wouldn't have asked the question), he/she probably did not mean 'Saudi dress' but 'Arab traditional dress'.

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Strangerland: Maybe. But I don't assume. Maybe I just don't know something specific about Saudi-Jordanian relations, and he was trying to make some political statement about them.

Looking at its posts, mostly one-liners, I suspect it's a bot, perhaps come alive after years of monitoring and controlling the systems of whatever city it resides at, or maybe a rogue chatbot escaped from the lab (maybe even Alice!), and political statements such as you ascribe to it are beyond its level of subtlety.

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That soldier on the left... Ooh, you are awful; but I like you!

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