Obama:

New US president gaffe over UK affairs

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), International Service , 17 Apr 2012 17:15

The US president Barak Obama has referred to the Malvinas islands as “the Maldives”, making yet another gaffe while commenting on issues regarding Britain.


During an address at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Obama referred to the Malvinas as the Maldives as he was trying to call the archipelago by its Spanish name, rather than what the British insists on calling the islands, “the Falklands”.

This is not the first of Obama blunders while speaking about issues related to Britain. In December last year, Obama referred to the British embassy in Tehran as “the English embassy” while he was commenting on incidents that broke out outside the British embassy in the Iranian capital.

The Daily Mail said Obama’s blunder would raise concerns over the US approach to the so-called ‘Special Relationship’ between US and Britain.

Furthermore, in 2011, Obama said France was the strongest ally of the US, which raised the ire of British officials as Nile Gardiner, an aide to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said: “such a remark is not only factually wrong but also insulting to Britain.”

Obama’s new gaffe and his stance on the Malvinas issue have again embarrassed Britain as he said the dispute between Britain and Argentina “is something in which we would not typically intervene.”


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