First time in history, Indian Foreign Minister apologizes for saying Modi addressed ‘Indians’ in Janakpur

Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, has apologised for saying PM Narendra Modi addressed ‘Indians’ during his Nepal tour earlier this month. While talking to MEA’s annual press conference she told, “Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of the country who has from America’s Madison Square to Nepal’s Janakpur addressed lakhs of Indian”

A video report:

Right after the news of her statement were published in Nepali media, Nepali public and politicians started questioning Swaraj’s intention. Nepali Congress leader and a Member of Parliament, Gagan Thapa tweeted:

Naya Shakti leader, Baburam Bhattarai, also tweeted:

As far as I know, this is the first time an Indian Foreign Minister has apologized to Nepal over their statement. Although there are claims that others have done so in history, I couldn’t find any proof.

The term “First time” is disputed but, I consider it correct until proven wrong. So, if you know such incident in history please comment so that correct information is given to the reader.

One response:

Nehru was the Foreign minister (Minister of External Affairs)
from 2 September 1946 – 27 May 1964.

BP Koirala was prime minister from 27 May 1959 – 15 December 1960. He was home minister from 21 February 1951 – 12 November 1951. So in neither of his tenure Nehru was foreign minister. In fact Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India – from 15 August 1947 – 27 May 1964.

That means, even if Nehru apologized, he was the Prime Minister, not the foreign minister at that time. So, my statement still holds true.

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