BEIRUT: The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reportedly mixed up Lebanon with Yemen during a Cabinet meeting last week, prompting Prime Minister Theresa May to correct the senior official’s gaffe.
According to British media reports, Johnson repeatedly confused Lebanon with the war torn country, which is more than 1,400 miles away, while discussing the ongoing conflict pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia.
“We have got to do something about the Saudi war on Lebanon...,” Johnson is reported to have said, before repeating the mistake once again to the surprise of everyone in the room.
Before looking down at his notes and apologizing for this blunder, the Prime Minister interrupted him to point out that he had indeed meant Yemen and not Lebanon.
This isn't Johnson first embarrassing moment since taking the office of Foreign Secretary.
In 2016, Johnson, who has a Turkish great-grandfather, penned a poem about Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing him of having ‘relations’ with a goat after the latter's efforts to prosecute a German comedian’s similarly offensive poem.
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