Kabul's Indian Embassy makes undiplomatic error
The publication says: 'India, the current chairman of SAARC, is hosting the summit on April 3 and 4,' reports Nilova Roy Chaudhuryindia Updated: Feb 13, 2007 00:04 IST
The Indian Embassy in Kabul has made an undiplomatic error in statement of facts. In the February issue of its publication, 'India Review,' which highlights External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's recent visit to Kabul, the official publication says, "India, the current chairman of SAARC, is hosting the summit on April 3 and 4."
India, however, is not the current chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Bangladesh is, and will continue to be until it hands over charge to India at the Summit in New Delhi in April.
The India Review is edited and published at Kabul, with inputs from the MEA in New Delhi.
Mukherjee visited Kabul on January 23 and 24 to invited Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the Summit. Afghanistan will become a full-fledged member of SAARC at the New Delhi Summit. He has visited capitals of all SAARC countries (except Bangladesh, which he will visit shortly) to personally invite their leaders to attend the Summit.
Conceding the error, a senior Ministry of External Affairs official said the mistake would be rectified.
Curiously, on Monday, the MEA's official website also developed an Afghanistan-related snag,
In its list of country briefs, a click on Afghanistan opened onto Kuwait. Clicking on Kuwait also opened the country profile of Kuwait. Embarrassed officials promised when contacted that they would rectify the errors.