The Dos and Don’ts of Foreign Business Etiquette

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Giving the ‘Thumbs Up’

You may think that sticking your thumb straight up and curling your other fingers into a fist is the universal gesture for “Cool!” or “Great!” But don’t offer this gesture in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq to show that you’re happy with a deal you’ve negotiated, because there this is a vulgar insult meaning “F*ck off!”