Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s penchant for greeting his fellow world leaders on micro-blogging site Twitter backfired on Friday after he mistakenly wished Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Happy Birthday; three months too early.
“Happy birthday @ashrafghani. Praying for your long life and exceptional health” tweeted Modi.
Happy birthday @ashrafghani. Praying for your long life & exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2016
President Ghani responded to the tweet with good humour.
@narendramodi Greetings from Munich Mr. PM. Although, my Birthday is on 19th May, but I'd still like to thank you for your gracious words :)— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) February 12, 2016
The Afghan leader is currently in Munich to speak at the 2016 Security Conference on combatting Islamic State.
The confusion may have occurred due to President Ghani’s Google profile actually showing his birthday as February 12.
While Ghani took the tweet in his stride, Modi’s gaffe didn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users, who proceeded to sarcastically wonder if this would strain cordial relations between the two nations.
Still Bhakts can try their best to make ashraf ghani's birthday on 12feb by photoshopping.— St. Sinner (@retheeshraj10) February 13, 2016
The last time Modi’s tweets caused a stir was during New Years, after he and Trinamool National Congress leader Mamata Banerjee exchanged greetings in Bengali and Gujarati respectively.