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Polish FM sparks jokes with mention of nonexistent country

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski speaks during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. The Polish foreign minister been mocked on Twitter after he claimed to have met with the representative of a nonexistent country as part of Poland's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Witold Waszczykowski was in New York this week to lobby for a seat on the council from 2018-19, telling reporters Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 he was meeting with representatives from "countries such as Belize or San Escobar." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski speaks during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. The Polish foreign minister been mocked on Twitter after he claimed to have met with the representative of a nonexistent country as part of Poland's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Witold Waszczykowski was in New York this week to lobby for a seat on the council from 2018-19, telling reporters Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 he was meeting with representatives from "countries such as Belize or San Escobar." (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

WARSAW, Poland — The Polish foreign minister has been mocked on Twitter for saying he had a meeting with the representative of a nonexistent country as part of Poland's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Witold Waszczykowski was in New York this week to lobby for a seat on the council from 2018-19. He told reporters while there on Tuesday that he had meetings with officials from nearly 20 countries, including some Caribbean nations "for the first time in the history of our diplomacy. For example with countries such as Belize or San Escobar."

There is no country called San Escobar. Ministry spokeswoman Joanna Wajda said Waszczykowski had simply made a slip of the tongue and had in mind Saint Kitts and Nevis, a two-island Caribbean country known in Spanish as San Cristobal y Nieves.

That hasn't stopped an eruption of jokes under the hashtag #SanEscobar, including an invented flag and a slew of fake news about the fictional place. One tweet said that San Escobar "fully supports Poland's candidacy to the Security Council."

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