Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Indian foreign minister delivers the wrong speech

Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krish...Image via WikipediaA speech is a speech is a speech.

It took three minutes in to the speech before someone else informed the Indian foreign minister, S. M. Krishna that he was reading from the text of speech meant for Portugal's foreign minister. How long was the Indian foreign minister's speech anyways? If it was a less than a 10-minute affair, similar to the norm at the UN, he then spent 30% of his time presenting Portugal's position.

I am also reminded of another example when a former prime minister of Pakistan in a speech in the United States confused 'us' with 'US' throughout his address.

BBC News - India's foreign minister criticised for UN speech gaffe
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