New Delhi: Explaining the gaffe of
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna at the United Nations,
his Ministry on Saturday said the initial parts of all formal
addresses there contain similar references and that he made
substantive remarks from his prepared text.
"The initial parts of all formal addresses contain
salutation and courteous references. While addressing the UNSC
yesterday, the Minister used such expressions from the address
of the previous speaker before moving to his prepared text for
substantive remarks," the official spokesperson said.
"The Minister went on to make a well-received
statement where he highlighted the relevance of the Indian
success story to international efforts to meet the challenges
of development, peace and security," the statement said.
Krishna was caught in a public gaffe when he
inadvertently read out the speech of the Portuguese Minister
at a UN Security Council meeting here but rectified the error
after an Indian official drew his attention.