India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna read the speech of his Portuguese counterpart at a UN Security Council meeting. He only corrected it after an Indian diplomat pointed it out to him.
The speech read by Krishna was prepared for Portuguese Foreign Minister’s Luis Amado and he kept reading it for a full three minutes at a debate Friday on security and development until India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri pointed out the error.
The initial part of the Portuguese minister’s speech related to general issues about the UN, development and security so it led no immediate suspicions, however, the reference to Portuguese-speaking countries alerted Puri, a former ambassador to Brazil, that something was wrong.
Reading the Portuguese minister’s speech, Krishna said: ‘On a more personal note, allow me to express my profound satisfaction regarding the happy coincidence of having two members of the Portuguese speaking Countries (CPLP), Brazil and Portugal, together here today’.