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Barack Obama's Falklands Gaffe: Calls The Malvinas The Maldives

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Obama in Cartagena ahead of his speech to the Summit of the Americas
Obama in Cartagena ahead of his speech to the Summit of the Americas

US President Barack Obama is known for his rhetoric and well-spoken ways. However, during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, Obama mistakenly referred to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives, rather than Spanish name 'Malvinas'.

At the summit, in Cartagena, Colombia, The Daily Telegraph reported that Obama was referring to the hotly-disputed islands and the issue of their sovereignty, when he misspoke, calling them the Maldives.

The Maldives Islands are situated south of India, some 8,000 miles away from the Falklands, which are themselves located 300 miles off the coast of Argentina:

However, according to distancefromto.net, London is only around 200 miles closer to the Falkland Islands than the Maldives is.

The gaffe wasn't the only controversy at the summit.

Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner believed that the conference was a great chance to solidify support for her country's claim to the island, but, the Telegraph reports, left early after a declaration of support was not included in the summit's unsigned final document.

Kirchner was also upset that Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, made no reference to the controversial islands in his speech.

Argentina's renewed claims to the islands, and the subsequent British response, has become a hot international diplomacy topic, dividing countries and continents.

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