Brisbane: A minor controversy erupted on Friday during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where the Indian map on display had Kashmir missing from it. Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh lodged a strong protest prompting QUT to issue an ‘unqualified apology.’
Australian university apologises for India map blunder during Modi visit
Confirming this, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, tweeted, “India’s Foreign Secretary raised the issue strongly and received an unqualified apology.”
He was responding to a question whether the issue was raised after it was noticed that Kashmir was missing from the Indian map displayed by the organisers.
Syed Akbaruddin ✔ @MEAIndia
. @harikshn @PMOIndia @narendramodi They erred and have given an unqualified apology for error.
Akbaruddin followed it up with another tweet: “Immediately lodged strong protest and received an unqualified regret from the organisers,”.
Within hours after his arrival following an overnight flight from Myanmar, Modi headed for the QUT for the first engagement of his five-day Australia visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi.