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Gotta give space: Dutch PM’s confusing Hindi tweet has Twitter bemused

Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s confusing Hindi tweet welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone viral on social media, with hilarious jokes and memes in tow.

world Updated: Jun 28, 2017 14:15 IST
The Hague: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte shake hands upon their arrival at the Catshuis residence in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. AP/PTI
The Hague: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte shake hands upon their arrival at the Catshuis residence in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. AP/PTI(AP)

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s confusing Hindi tweet welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone viral on social media, with hilarious jokes and memes in tow.

Modi was in the Netherlands for a day-long visit during which he held talks with Rutte to strengthen bilateral ties. He returned from his three-nation tour on Wednesday morning after visiting Portugal, United States and ending the tour at the Netherlands. This year marks 70 years of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

During his visit, Modi enthusiastically tweeted in Dutch several times. His Dutch counterpart Rutte reciprocated with a welcoming tweet in Hindi. However, there was a glitch in the message as the entire tweet was typed without a single space making it a mouthful to read.

The tweet roughly translates as “Welcome to the Netherlands @narendramodi Our bilateral relations go back 70 years and with that I am extremely excited about our meeting”.

The message which was tweeted about 21 hours ago has been retweeted over 5000 times and Twitter users no time in pointing out the mistake and jokes and memes followed soon on the social media site.

However, not everyone on Twitter reacted negatively to the post as many appreciated the Dutch PM’s effort to embrace the foreign language. A certain user on Twitter thought that the 140 character limit was to blame for the glitch in the message.

Fortunately, the Dutch PM, who is also known as Minister-President on Twitter, finally realised his mistake and issued another tweet after his meeting with Modi. This time the tweet was right on point.

Modi’s international tours are sure providing fodder to social media trollers, who are well fed with memes and jokes.