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Do you think this was done to send a strong message to Washington over Libya? In international politics there are few accidents, but whatever it was, this one takes the cake — er, I mean arugula:

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has snubbed the visiting Michelle Obama by sending his prisons minister to meet the first lady at the airport and failing to see her during her three-day stay.

Mr Zuma was out of the country for the first day of Mrs Obama’s second solo trip abroad on Tuesday and although he returned on Monday night, aides said he was “not available” to meet her.

Instead, he arranged for Corrective Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to greet her on her arrival in Pretoria on Monday night, and one of his three wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, to meet her briefly on Tuesday.

He didn’t even send all three wives… just one. And probably the least attractive one.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, President Obama was all pouty about not being able to go on the Africa trip. He really wanted to meet that Prisons Minister.

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